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Applying for Associate Fellowship (AFHEA) (Webinar)

Tutor: Dr Richard Bale
Course Credit: 1 credit

The GTA Programme (GTAP) is accredited by the Higher Education Academy (HEA), which means participants are eligible to apply for professional recognition of their teaching. This course introduces the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF), which outlines the activities, core knowledge and professional values that should be demonstrated by those who are teaching in higher education. We also discuss the Associate Fellowship (AFHEA) application requirements for GTAP participants. A key element of Associate Fellowship is the ability to reflect on practice, so participants will have the opportunity to assess some examples of reflective writing and to consider how they might incorporate this style of writing in their own application. By the end of the course, participants will be in a position to begin planning an application for AFHEA, and may attend follow-up support in a one-to-one session with a Graduate School tutor or at a one-day GTA retreat.

At the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Describe how your teaching context relates to Descriptor 1 of the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF).
  • Identify potential examples to evidence your teaching practice against the dimensions of the UKPSF.
  • Distinguish between descriptive and reflective writing.
  • Begin planning your application for Associate Fellowship (AFHEA).


  • There are no further sessions of this course taking place this academic year

GTA Retreat (No Remote Teaching Available at Present)

Tutor: Dr Paul Seldon & Dr Caroline Hargreaves
Course LevelLevel 3
Course Credit: 1 credit

The one-day GTA retreats provide GTAs with time and space to reflect on their recent teaching experience in a supportive environment. During the morning, participants have the opportunity to discuss and reflect on their teaching experience, sharing good practice with peers and addressing any teaching-related concerns. The retreat is also a useful time for participants to make progress with Associate Fellowship (AFHEA) applications – the route to professional recognition for teaching. In the afternoon, time is set aside for each participant to receive peer and tutor feedback and to continue writing their application. Finally, we introduce the concept of a teaching philosophy – a reflective statement about teaching beliefs, goals and values. Participants will develop the skill of articulating how they teach, and why, which is useful preparation for future applications for academic posts.


  • Completion of at least the two core courses in the GTA Programme (GTAP), namely Introduction to Learning and Teaching and Introduction to Assessment and Feedback for Learning.
  • Gained sufficient teaching experience in the term prior to the retreat.
  • Be in the process of applying for Associate Fellowship (AFHEA).

On completion of this workshop you will be able to:

  • Identify aspects of good teaching practice as well as areas which can be developed further.
  • Compare teaching styles and methods across different disciplines.
  • Assess your application for Associate Fellowship and revise as appropriate.
  • Articulate your beliefs and values about learning and teaching in the form of a teaching philosophy.

Unfortunately due to the teaching style of this course we are unable to offer this course as part of our remote teaching offering at present.  

  • Tutors within the School are also available for remote 1-2-1 professional skills tuition.   If you have a specific development need, please get in touch with Laura Lane 

Mini Retreat for AFHEA applications (No Remote Session Available)

If you are working on your application for Associate Fellowship (AFHEA), come along to the Graduate School’s Mini Retreat. You can come along and use the time and space simply to write without the usual disruptions of daily life and/or you can discuss your AFHEA application with a Graduate School tutor.

There is no need to book, but places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

 Please note that this session is not for credit and will not count towards the attendance requirement.


  • Due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation, we have unfortunately had to cancel all remaining sessions this academic year.