External Teaching Fellowships

External organisations offer opportunities for tertiary educators to gain formal recognition of their teaching knowledge, skills and experience, including scholarly and reflective practice. At this stage, the TIU offers support for Advance HE Fellowships only.

Advance HE Fellowships

Since 2018, funding from the Office of the Provost & Chief Academic Officer has enabled academic staff to be supported by the TIU to develop applications for the Advance HE Fellowships administered by Advance HE (formerly HEA -  the Higher Education Academy)

See a list of Advance HE Fellows at UniSA (PDF 175KB).

The program offers independent accreditation and recognition of practice, impact, and leadership of teaching and learning. Fellowship is granted upon up to three external examiners being satisfied that the applicant’s written application (supported by referee statements) demonstrates practice and evidence in relation to 15 criteria spread across Areas of Activity, Core Knowledge and Professional Values of the UK’s Professional Standards Framework (PSF).

Written applications are reflective accounts of practice, supported by evidence.

There are four fellowship categories:

  1. Associate Fellow (AFHEA) – staff starting to teach or support learners at university. 1,500 word application + 2 referee reports.
  2. Fellow (FHEA) – staff with solid teaching experience across all facets of teaching and learning in higher education. 3,000 word application + 2 referee reports.
  3. Senior Fellow (SFHEA) – staff with extensive teaching and understanding of teaching and learning in higher education, and experience in influencing and supporting peers. 6,000 word application + 2 referee reports.
  4. Principal Fellow (PFHEA) – staff with recognised institution-wide, national and/or international leadership in teaching and learning in higher education. 7,000 word application + 3 referee reports.

Complete Advance HE's Fellowship Category Tool to help you decide which category most closely reflects your current practice and will assist your ongoing professional development and career aspirations.

Staff interested in exploring AdvanceHE fellowships further should contact the TIU and/or their Dean of Programs for information and advice. 

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The critical dates page provides a snapshot of the professional development options offered by UniSA's Teaching and Innovation Unit, including symposiums, workshop dates, a summary of UniSA and external teaching awards and grants opportunities and their submission deadlines.


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