Teaching Recognition Scheme - Fellowship Pathway

Applications have now closed for 2023-24

Applications for 2024-25 will open in Michaelmas term 2024, with the programme to commence in Hilary term 2025.

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The Teaching Recognition Scheme (TRS) Fellowship Pathway is a structured pathway to apply for recognition of your higher education teaching and supporting of learners, that is accredited by Advance HE

Upon successful completion of the TRS Fellowship Pathway, you will be awarded Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).  

Who is it for?  

The TRS Fellowship Pathway is open to all members of staff with substantial teaching and/or learning support roles and responsibilities at the University. You must be able to provide evidence of effectiveness in substantive teaching and/or supporting learning role(s) across a range of teaching contexts, including designing learning, teaching in multiple settings (eg lectures, tutorials, supervision, field work, clinical teaching, laboratories), assessment and feedback, creating effective learning environments, and formal and informal approaches to teaching-related continued professional development.  

The TRS Fellowship Pathway is not open to DPhil students or other students who teach. If you are enrolled as a student and teach alongside your studies, you may wish to consider the Advancing Teaching and Learning programme

Are there prerequisites?  

Yes. If you are not teaching in TT24, you will need to collect feedback (student feedback and/or an observation of your teaching) from your MT23 or HT24 teaching or learning support activities. The feedback you collect forms an essential component of the assessment for the programme and you will not be able to successfully complete without it.  

  • Student feedback can include end of term evaluations (maybe run by the department/college) and/or in-class evaluations you have conducted, for example, a short questionnaire, classroom assessment techniques. See Methods to evaluate your teaching for more suggestions.  
  • Observation of your teaching by a peer or more experienced teacher on a teaching or learning support session (eg class/tutorial/lab/lecture/workshop). You will need a record of the observation and we suggest you use the teaching observation template

Is fellowship right for me?  

To find out if your teaching and/or learning support experience, roles and responsibilities is aligned to the criteria for fellowship, you need to complete the Advance HE Fellowship Category Tool. You must use the 2011 Category Tool at this link and not the updated 2023 Category Tool. 

Please note you will be asked to share the results of your fellowship category tool as part of the application process.  

How do I apply and when is it delivered?  

Applications for 2024 have now closed 


The programme comprises five interactive in-person workshops. A small amount of pre-workshop preparation is required, and participants are supported by a dedicated Canvas site. The workshops take place outside full term with the following term giving you time to prepare your portfolio and gain feedback on it before the submission deadline.   

What are the programme dates? 

Deadline for applications 

Notification of successful application 

Programme dates 

Claim deadline 

Mon 19 Feb, 12noon (Wk 6, HT24) 


Week commencing Mon 26 Feb (Wk 7, HT24) 

Workshop 1: Mon 11 Mar, 1.30-4.30pm (Wk 9, HT24) 

Workshop 2: Wed 13 Mar 1.30-3.30pm (Wk 9, HT24) 

Workshop 3: Tue 26 Mar 9.30-11.30am (Wk 11, HT24) 

Workshop 4: Tue 16 Apr 1.30-3.30pm (Wk 0, TT24) 

Workshop 5: Thu 18 Apr 9.30am-12.30pm (Wk 0, TT24) 

Thu 13 Jun, 12noon (Wk 8, TT24) 

How is it assessed?  

The application for FHEA involves submitting a 3,000 word written recognition claim, reflecting on your practice in five different areas of teaching and/or learning support activity. Alongside the recognition claim, participants also need to submit supporting statements from two colleagues who will act as ‘advocates’ and certify that their teaching and/or learning support practice is aligned with the requirements for fellowship. The claims are assessed internally by the Centre for Teaching and Learning.  

What do I get on completion?  

The Teaching Recognition Scheme is accredited by Advance HE and mapped to the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) for teaching and supporting learning in higher education and on successful completion, participants are awarded Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and are entitled to use the post-nominal letters, FHEA.  

Is there a fee?  

There is no fee for the Teaching Recognition Scheme, but you should have an Oxford Single Sign-On (SSO).  

If you are a medical educator, a tutor based in the Department of Continuing Education, or do not have SSO for any other reason, you may wish to consider asking your department or faculty to arrange a SSO for you. If this is not possible, you should be aware that you will be charged an administrative fee by Advance HE for processing your Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, AFHEA, award. This fee is 50% of the current direct application fee for FHEA.