Application forms and handbook

Application forms

Level of recognitionDocumentation required
Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA) (at Higher Education Academy) at Descriptor Level 1 An Account of Professional Practice (APP) of approximately 1500-2000 words plus two supporting statements from referees 
D1 AFHEA application template (Word)
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) (at Higher Education Academy) at Descriptor Level 2 An Account of Professional Practice (APP) of approximately 3000 words plus two supporting statements from referees
D2 FHEA application template (Word)
Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) (at Higher Education Academy) at Descriptor Level 3 An Account of Professional Practice (APP) between 5000-7000 words comprised of a reflective account, two case studies plus two supporting statements from referees
D3 SFHEA application template (Word)
STAR Application Requirements

Further details of the criteria at each descriptor level can be found at The UK Professional Standards Framework for teaching and supporting learning in higher education (at Higher Education Academy).

At all descriptor levels, you should consider the following reflective questions to structure your written commentary:

  1. What did you do? Concise description of engagement including your own role
  2. How did you do it? Explanation of approach/methodology employed
  3. Why did you do it that way? Evidence and rationale for choices made: knowledge and values
  4. What difference did it make? Impact on learners/teachers/self/institution