Teaching Recognition Scheme - Senior 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) Senior Fellowship Pathway is a structured pathway through which 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 Senior Fellowship Pathway, you will be awarded Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA).  

Who is it for?  

The TRS Senior Fellowship Pathway is open to all members of staff with teaching and/or learning support roles and responsibilities at the University who can evidence a sustained record of effectiveness in teaching and learning, incorporating, for example, the organisation, leadership and/or management of specific aspects of teaching and learning provision.  

Senior fellows are likely to lead or be members of established academic and/or professional services teams that lead and influence colleagues teaching and learning support practices.  

Is senior fellowship right for me?  

To find out if your educational leadership teaching and/or learning support experience, roles and responsibilities are aligned to the criteria for senior 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 TRS Senior Fellowship Pathway starts with an initial in-person workshop. You will meet the tutors, your peers and develop an action plan for your claim.  

You will be supported throughout by a tutor from the educational development team in 1-1 meetings to discuss your claim and gain feedback on it. There will be opportunities to attend writing retreats with peers as you prepare your claim. There will also be a dedicated Canvas site with resources and information to support you preparing your claim.   

What are the programme dates? 

Deadline for applications 

Notification of successful application 

Initial workshop 

Claim deadline 

Mon 19 Feb, 12noon (Wk 6, HT24) 

Week commencing Mon 26 Feb (Wk 7, HT24)

Mon 18 Mar, 1.30-3.30pm (Wk 10, HT24) 

Thu 12 Sep, 12noon (Wk -4, MT24) 

How is it assessed?  

SFHEA applicants submit a 6,000 word written recognition claim. This consists of a reflective account of practice, giving an overview of your impact on teaching and learning to date, and two detailed case studies, which each evaluate an example of your educational leadership in depth. SFHEA applicants are also required to submit supporting statements from two colleagues who can act as ‘advocates’ and certify that their teaching and educational leadership is aligned with the requirements for Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy. The claims are assessed internally by two assessors from the Centre for Teaching and Learning and one external assessor. 

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 Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and are entitled to use the post-nominal letters, SFHEA.  

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 Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, SFHEA, award. This fee is 50% of the current direct application fee for SFHEA