The HEA Fellowship CPD Route is a teaching recognition and qualification scheme for staff (academic, support, technical) and PGRs with experience of teaching and/or supporting learning in higher education. For further information, please contact

What is the HEA CPD route to Fellowship?

The HEA (part of the UK national teaching and learning sector organisation ‘Advance HE’) oversees and manages the UK Professional Standards Framework for Teaching and Supporting Learning in Higher Education (UKPSF), through which individuals can benchmark their experience and expertise in higher education teaching and learning support, at four categories of fellowship: Associate Fellow, Fellow, Senior Fellow and Principal Fellow. Keele’s HEA CPD Route enables individuals to gain HEA fellowship status and provides national recognition of commitment to professionalism in teaching and supporting learning. The HEA CPD Route aims to:

  • Align with and promote the UKPSF and reflect the aspirations of the HEA;
  • Contribute to achieving Keele’s strategic objectives for teaching, learning and staff development;
  • Be effective in supporting departmental, school and faculty teaching and learning objectives;
  • Support participants in developing and enhancing their professional practice;
  • Contribute to the enhancement of the student learning experience;
  • Contribute to individuals’ career development and progression
  • Offer a collaborative and supportive professional development route which harnesses expertise from across the institution and provides opportunities for peer-to-peer learning, networking and dissemination.

How do I apply to the HEA CPD route to gain Fellowship during academic year 2023/24?

KIITE leads and administers the HEA CPD route to gain Fellowship under the UKPSF 2011 framework.

Please note there will only be one further submission point during the academic year 2023/24 under the UKPSF 2011 framework. This will be on Friday 17th May 2024.

Currently, KIITE has already received adequate expressions of interest for this submission point. This means that if you are considering gaining Fellowship you will be invited to join new introductory workshops at the start of 2024/25 academic year – please complete this MS Form to note your interest.

However, if you have a strong case for submission at Friday 17th May 2024 no later than 25th March 2024.

What will be the dates for submitting during academic year 2024/25?

Advance HE, in global consultation, have revised and updated the PSF in 2023 to emphasis effectiveness and impact, inclusion and context, as fundamental aspects of practice.

Consequently, KIITE will be modifying the HEA CPD route documentation and process to meet the requirements of the revised PSF 2023. Therefore, the next submission point for the HEA Fellowship CPD Route at Keele University mapped to the PSF 2023 will be during semester 2 of the 2024/25 academic year (exact date to be agreed).

Please complete this MS Form to note your interest. You will receive an acknowledgement of your interest however further details i.e. forms/process will be shared with you later in the year once our HEA Fellowship CPD route secures accreditation for mapping to the PSF 2023 by Advance HE.

General enquiries about the HEA CPD route can be sent to