Each application requires a written commentary from two referees. These referees should be in a position to comment on the development of your teaching and learning practice and support your future professional development in this area. These two people could be your line manager, supervisor, mentor, peer or Head of Department/Unit.

The commentary should be based on a face-to-face meeting with each referee in which you review your application to:

  • discuss the ways in which you have contributed to the department’s or unit’s teaching and learning objectives;
  • identify your future professional development needs (for example progression to the next Descriptor category) and how you might be supported to achieve these needs.

It is your responsibility to identify referees, collect your references and to include them in your STAR application. Further information for referees can be found on the For referees page.