SFELTE Experience Route
1. Meet with an AD Partner
Discuss your fellowship journey with an Academic Development Partner to ensure you select the route and category that is right for you. This can be done via a Drop-in or Information session or alternatively email firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Submit your registration form
Please contact email@example.com to enquire about registration.
3. *Mentor assigned and First Mentor meeting
If you are applying for Fellow or Senior Fellow you will be assigned a mentor no later than the beginning of the semester in which you intend to submit. You should arrange your first meeting as soon as possible after being assigned a mentor. The purpose of the first meeting is to discuss your previous CPD and plan any further CPD needs, as well as discussing areas of practice you might include in your application.
4. Gathering and reflecting on evidence for your application
Once you are registered for SFELTE you will be given access to the SFELTE area of Canvas, where you can download detailed application guidelines. The application requires you to gather a range of evidence and it is important you plan these in advance.
You can begin to do this as soon as you are registered with SFELTE, you do not have to wait until you have been assigned a mentor.
Actions you should take are:
- Review the for your category of fellowship and identify which dimensions of the UKPSF you need to demonstrate.
- Using the UKPSF as a guide, plan your CPD using relevant opportunities (please see our OD pages, Research office and any other relevant sources) and complete the 'Engaging with CPD' template available on Canvas.
- SFELTE Workshops: In order to prepare and support you to write your application, we run a number of workshops specifically for SFELTE applications. It is strongly recommended that you engage with as many of these as possible.
- Identify and approach potential referees
- Arrange a teaching observation
- Relevant research/ reading
5. *Second mentor meeting and Draft Application
For those applying for Fellow and Senior Fellow, you should provide your mentor with a draft application and arrange to meet them to receive feedback. In general, we have found that those who have received feedback on their application are more likely to meet the required standards for fellowship.
6. Submit your application
Use the application guidelines in Canvas to ensure you have completed all the required elements of the application and that these fulfil the required criteria.
Submission dates are in July and December.
You can submit your application at any time, however, applications are only assessed after each deadline.
You should expect to receive your result no more than 2 months after the submission deadline.
If your application is not successful, you will be provided with feedback and invited to submit for the next deadline.
Successful applicants will be invited to an award ceremony at our Annual Learning and Teaching Conference.
8. *Invite to Join SFELTE Associates Group
Those who achieve Fellow or Senior Fellow through SFELTE will be invited to become trained as a SFELTE Associate. SFELTE Associates act as mentors and assessors for SFELTE applicants.
What is SFELTE?
The Stirling Framework for Evidencing Learning and Teaching Enhancement is our continuing professional development framework through which colleagues can gain recognition for their teaching in 3 different categories: Associate Fellow, Fellow and Senior Fellow. The framework has been accredited by the Higher Education Academy.
Through SFELTE we offer a PGCert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, the SFELTE experience route and accompanying Developing as a Teacher in Higher Education programme. You can find information on each of these throughout these webpages.
Associate Fellow (SFELTE AF)
This category is suitable for those colleagues with a limited teaching role or who support teaching eg. PhD students, Postdocs, Librarians, Technicians.
Those applying for Associate fellowship may want to consider applying through our Developing as a Teacher in Higher Education (DTHE) scheme.
Colleagues undertaking LTHP 100 as part of their probation will automatically receive Associate Fellowship on successful completion of the module.
Fellow (SFELTE F)
To apply for this category it would be expected that you have a full range of academic teaching and assessment activities and at least two years’ experience in the role, for example lecturers and some colleagues who are supporting the student experience.
Fellowship can be achieved through the SFELTE Experience route of by completing all 3 modules of the PGCert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education.
Senior Fellow (SFELTE SF)
This category is for those in roles which demonstrate academic leadership, mentoring, coaching or developing others.
We do not offer this category through our framework but can support you in an external application to the Higher Education Academy. Contact us if you want to explore this category further at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All SFELTE fellowships are accredited by the Higher Education Academy (HEA), the national body for learning and teaching in higher education.
What does Fellowship mean?
It enables you to gain internal and external recognition for your teaching and support of student learning. HEA Fellowships are internationally-recognised and are increasingly in demand for academic posts. Fellowships are recognised as part of AAPC guidelines.
What is the difference between HEA and SFELTE Fellowship?
SFELTE gives you internal recognition. Those achieving Fellow or Senior Fellow through SFELTE will join a community of SFELTE Associates. All categories of fellowship are automatically externally accredited through our framework by the Higher Education Academy (as AFHEA, FHEA and SFHEA). More information on HEA fellowship can be found here.