Advance HE

As part of supporting and acknowledging excellence in teaching practice and leadership, the University of Adelaide recognises the Fellowship program provided by UK organisation Advance HE.

Advance HE (formally known as HEA) provides guidance on strategic change and continuous improvement in higher education internationally. As an institutional member, the University of Adelaide is able to provide our staff with access to a range of resources, events, and accreditation programs.

HEA Fellowships

The HEA Fellowship demonstrates a personal and institutional commitment to professionalism in learning and teaching in higher education. Across four categories, from Associate to Principal, Fellowship provides individuals with international recognition of their practice, impact and expertise in learning and teaching.

Fellowship delivers you a range of benefits: 

  • Consolidates personal development and evidence of professional practice in your higher education career;
  • Provides a valuable measure of success and is increasingly recognised by international institutions;
  • Demonstrates commitment to teaching, learning and the student experience, through engagement in a practical process that encourages research, reflection and development;
  • Fellowship is increasingly sought by employers across the education sector as a condition of appointment and promotion;
  • For individuals, to identify their expertise with the entitlement to use post-nominal letters (AFHEA, FHEA, SFHEA, PFHEA);
  • Provides assurance that your institution is fully aligned with UKPSF practice and a badge of assured quality

Applying for fellowship

The Fellowship application process is not something you can accomplish quickly.  You need to plan and allow time to collect evidence, draft and have peers proofread your application.  Advance HE also offers a proofreading service you may like to take advantage of when preparing your submission. 

Although the University is supportive of staff who wish to apply for Fellowship, the process must be completed directly with Advance HE and not through the University.

More information is available below. 

  • Which category of HEA Fellowship is right for you?

    Advance HE award four different categories of Fellowship, Associate Fellowship (AFHEA)Fellowship (FHEA)Senior Fellowship (SFHEA) and Principal Fellowship (PFHEA).

    The Fellowship Category Tool has been designed to assist you in selecting the category of Fellowship that is the closest match to your current practice. It is recommended that all staff wishing to apply for Fellowship, first access this tool to ensure they are select the correct category.

    When you have completed all of the sections which usually takes 10-20 minutes, you will be shown your results and a PDF report summarising your responses will be sent to the email address you provide. This will be useful as you start to put your application together for Fellowship or to reflect on your on-going professional development and career aspirations. 

    Access the Fellowship Category Tool

  • Guidance documents for applicants

    A range of resources and templates have been created by Advance HE to assist you in starting your application.

    To commence we recommend that you sign up to the customer portal - My Advance HEHere you will create your profile and will eventually be able to upload your application.

    Click on the links below to access guidance documents for each category of Fellowship including:

    • Guidance notes
    • Application templates
    • Supporting Statement guidance and template

    Principal Fellow applicants

    Senior Fellow applicants

    Fellow applicants

    Associate Fellow applicants

  • Review your draft

    Prior to submitting your Fellowship application to Advance HE we recommend that you have a number of peers look over your draft.  These could be members of the University community who currently hold Fellowship status (see the list of Fellows below), or any external colleagues you may trust.

    There are a number of external consultants who can also assist with this proofreading process however, they must be sourced by the applicant themselves.  You would usually expect to pay a fee for this service.

    Applicants may also choose to have their submission reviewed by an experienced Advance HE consultant. The consultant will review the application and provide annotated feedback, including points for further development, by email directly to the applicant.

    This service must be organised by the applicant directly with Advance HE.

    Enquire about our Fellowship support services

  • Send your Application Directly to Advance HE for Processing

    Applications are made online by logging into My Advance HE.  You may need to create an account to log on and create your profile.  This is free.  Ensure your account details are correct so that you receive email correspondence.

    The application process is slightly different depending on the category of Fellowship you wish to apply for.

    For Associate Fellow and Fellow the application consists of an Account of Professional Practice (APP), two supporting statements from referees and payment of a fee where applicable. If you are applying for Senior Fellow (SFHEA) or Principal Fellow (PFHEA) there are additional application requirements.

    Payment information

    When it comes time to enter your payment information please select 'my organisation has paid in advance' (not 'my organisation is paying' as then they will request a credit card information.

    A limited number of free applications are available, which expire in May 2022.  Please also then email us to advise you have logged your application.

Accredited Fellows at the University of Adelaide

A number of your peers have taken the plunge and applied for Fellowship. See who they are below.

Advance HE members - 2019

University of Adelaide Fellows at the 2019 Teaching Awards Showcase and Ceremony.

Free Member Webinars & access to Advance HE Connect

As an institutional partner, University of Adelaide staff have access to a range of Advance HE member benefits.

Access Webinar Recordings

Access resources to assist you during the COVD-19 pandemic

Recorded webinars

Previously recorded webinars are available via the links below:

Covid-19 Series: Moving Assessment On-Line: Key Principles for Inclusion, Pedagogy and Practice

Almost 1,000 people across the world joined this AdvanceHE Covid-19 Member Benefit Response Webinar on assessment. The following speakers present key considerations educators and higher education institutions need to make in the current environment. Professor David Carless (University of Hong Kong) is a well-known and widely published expert on feedback for learning. He outlines a set of principles to guide effective and efficient feedback in remote delivery and provides practical examples.Jessica Moody, AdvanceHE, highlights the challenges, issues and principles in ensuring inclusion and online accessibility when assessing online.Dr Geoff Stoakes, AdvanceHE, addressesthe management of quality and standards in the transition to online assessment (he speaks mainly to the UK context, but the overarching principles are widely applicable).All three speakers respond to questions from the audience at the end of the webinar. A central theme from all speakers is the need for flexibility, student agency, and the maintenance of student and staff wellbeing.

Covid-19 Series: Emergency remote teaching (ERT): What have we learnt?

This webinar focuses on reflection about what lessons have been learnt so far in the transition to remote teaching.  Video presentation by Professor Torrey Trust (University of Massachusetts Amherst) outlining the difference between traditional online teaching and remote teaching due to a crisis. David White (University of the Arts, London), makes salient points about creating presence and engagement in online teaching. Eva Wong and Theresa Kwong (Hong Kong Baptist University) speak about the experience of two back to back disruptions in their context. The Q&A section includes discussion of the difference between attendance and engagement.