Developing as a Teacher in HE

If you’re new to teaching or supporting student learning and want to formalise your experience and to progress, an HEA Associate Fellowship could add great value to your professional teaching experience

We are delighted to be able to offer the DTHE programme to staff who have a limited teaching portfolio in order for them to gain recognition and external validation for their teaching. DTHE is part of the SFELTE experience route and is for those wishing to apply for Associate Fellow. This route is most suitable for early career academics, PhD students with teaching responsibilities, other Teaching Assistants, contract post-docs or staff who support teaching such as Information Services staff.

How it works

As it is part of the SFELTE Experience route, those wishing to apply for Associate Fellow through DTHE should follow the steps outlined on the SFELTE Experience Route Page. You can download a summary of these steps here: Applicant's Journey.

As with any SFELTE application, a crucial first step is to meet with an academic development partner. Unlike other categories of fellowship within the SFELTE Experience route, DTHE offers a series of tailored CPD activities to allow staff to develop the knowledge, skills and experience required for Associate Fellow. This means that if you have limited experience or opportunity to undertake CPD you can still gain recognition for your teaching.

In addition, you will not be assigned a mentor as the support you would normally gain from a mentor will be incorporated into DTHE sessions.


DTHE Sessions

DTHE sessions are designed to develop your skills in teaching, learning and assessment as well as to provide support for you in your teaching role. These make up the CPD element of the ‘Gathering and Reflecting on your evidence’ stage of the SFELTE applicant’s journey, for here.  There are 14 DTHE sessions:

1. The five Ps of teaching*          

2. Student learning*      

3. How do you know you are doing a good job?*              

4. Small group teaching* (or 5)  

5. Demonstrating in laboratories and in the field* (or 4)

6. Developing your students’ writing skills

7. Assessing lab reports

8. Feeding back on student work*

9. Principles of design for learning*

10. Developing your students’ statistics skills

11. Technology in your classroom*

12. Developing diversity competence in your classroom*

13. Preparing to lecture

14. Reflecting on your practice and making an application to SFELTE*


Each session will be one hour in duration, and will be accompanied by online resources in Canvas. You can find a summary of workshop dates here. Full details including dates are available on our calendar of events. The sessions will run with no less than 6 participants and are limited to 20 participants. Sessions are free of charge, but must be booked in advance through Canvas. If there is sufficient demand sessions may be repeated.


Making an Application

As well as following the steps outlined in the SFELTE Experience route,  you need to attend 11 of the DTHE sessions to be eligible to apply for Associate Fellow:

  • The sessions marked with ‘*’ are compulsory (though you can choose either 4 or 5)
  • You must have attended all other sessions with a ‘*’ before attending session 14.
  • You must select 2 from the other available sessions. 

If you have been unable to attend all the required sessions, in some situations you may be able to proceed with your application if you can demonstrate equivalent CPD elsewhere. Please contact to discuss this. 


TA Training + DTHE

As TA training incorporates much of the content of DTHE, those who complete TA training can ‘top up’ their training by attending selected DTHE sessions and go on to apply for Associate Fellow through the SFELTE experience route. More information on TA training is available here. If you are unsure of your eligibility for TA training please contact your faculty manager.

After completing TA training, in order to apply for Associate Fellowship you must:

  1. Register for the SFELTE Experience route and follow the steps of the applicant’s journey

  2. Attend the following sessions from DTHE: 

          Session 3. How do you know you are doing a good job?*             

          Session 14. Reflecting on your practice and making an application to SFELTE*

    And attend one session from :

          Session 6. Developing your students’ writing skills

          Session 7. Assessing lab reports

          Session 10. Developing your students’ statistics skills

          Session 13. Preparing to lecture

Contact Us

If you require more information or wish to register your interest in DTHE, please come along to one of our drop-ins or email

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