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Applying for Associate Fellowship (AFHEA)

Tutor: Dr Magdalena Jara
Course Credit: 1 credit
Maximum Course Capacity: 30

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 will present the HEA’s 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.

In this session, we will discuss the Associate Fellowship (AFHEA) application requirements for GTAP participants. A key element of this application process is the ability to reflect on practice: participants will have the opportunity to review some examples of reflective writing and to consider how they might incorporate this style of writing in their own application.

The course will support participants to start planning their application for AFHEA to continue writing after the session. Students needing more support to complete their application can also attend the GTA Retreat and Mini-Retreats organised by the GS, offering quiet writing time, one to one support and group discussions.

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). 

This webinar is delivered completely online including asynchronous preparatory work during one/two weeks ahead of the session and one synchronous session. The total time commitment for this course is approx. 2.5 hours.

Please note - To gain the credit for the course, participants will need to complete the preparatory activities before the session AND fully participate in the synchronous session.

The dates during 2020 - 2021 available for students from all faculties to register on this course are defined by the date/time of its synchronous session, as follows:


  • Tuesday 27 April 2021, 15:00-17:00, Remote Access (Platform TBC)

Please note that Summer term course dates will be available to book in due course.


GTA Retreat

Tutor: Various
Course LevelLevel 3
Course Credit: 1 credit
Maximum Course Capacity: 25

The one-day GTA retreats provide GTAs with the time and space to reflect on their teaching experience in a supportive environment to progress and complete their AFHEA applications

During the retreat, participants will have the opportunity to discuss and reflect on their teaching experience, share good practice with peers, address any teaching-related concerns, and make progress with their Associate Fellowship (AFHEA) applications. Participants will also receive peer and tutor feedback on their applications.

The retreats have been scheduled a few weeks in advance to an AFHEA submission deadline and during this period, attendees to the retreat will be able to book 121 consultations to get feedback on their application to be ready to submit on time.

Pre-requisites to attend:

  1. Have successfully completed the two GTAP core courses: Introduction to Learning and Teaching and Introduction to Assessment and Feedback for Learning
  2. Have attended the AFHEA Webinar (Applying for Associate Fellowship)
  3. Gained sufficient teaching experience in the term(s) prior to the retreat. 
  4. Be in the process of applying for Associate Fellowship (AFHEA). 

On completion of this course 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. 
  • Reflect on your teaching and learning practice drawing on key concepts from the literature.

Please note - To gain the credit for the course, participants need to fully participate in the session.

The dates during 2020 - 2021 available for students from all faculties to register are:


  • Friday 28 May 2021, 09:30-17:00, Remote Access (Platform TBC)


Some Graduate School courses include pre-course activities for you to complete. Please check this page to find out how to self-enrol on the course’s Blackboard programme module, which will enable you to complete these activities.