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Teaching Recognition

The Teaching Recognition Programme aims to recognise and promote excellence in teaching and learning.

We aim to engage all educators in the process of seeking Associate Fellowship, Fellowship, Senior Fellowship or Principal Fellowship of the HEA. We also support staff to apply for national recognition through National Teaching Fellowship (NTF), the Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE) and the SEED Award.

I have been a mentor for colleagues who are engaging with the Teaching Recognition Programme for the past 5 years and have mentored over 20 colleagues. Mentoring includes initial discussions on the process, signposting colleagues to the excellent support from the QM Academy, providing examples of successful applications and generating feedback on colleagues’ Reflective Account of Practice. I have found this role to be a very positive experience, supporting my colleagues in their journey to acquire accreditation, in recognition of their educational expertise. It is a great privilege to witness the improvements colleagues have made to benefit the education of our students.I would encourage anybody who wants to take this opportunity, to get in touch with their local mentor or the QM Academy.
— Jürgen Groet, PhD, FHEA

Which category of Fellowship should you apply for?

Fellowship category Suitable for
Associate Fellow (D1) Early career individuals with some teaching and learning responsibilities
Fellow (D2) Staff holding substantive teaching and learning responsibilities
Senior Fellow (D3) Staff with responsibility for leading, managing or organising programmes, subjects and/or disciplinary areas
Principal Fellow (D4) Staff responsible for strategic leadership and policy-making in the area of teaching and learning


If you need help to decide which category of fellowship is right for you, you can use the AdvanceHE Category Tool

Guide to the process

Once you have decided which category of Fellowship is right for you, you should book onto a workshop and review the guidance documents. This will help you decide whether you prefer to submit a written or dialogic (verbal) application.

Dialogic process

If you would like to apply using the dialogic route, please email

For further information on the Dialogic process, please see:


Written process

When you have completed the first draft, please email it to in order to be assigned a mentor. Your mentor will help you with the drafting process until you are ready to submit your application to a panel. Please send your finished application and reference letters, together with your completed cover sheet, to

For more information on the Written process, please review the guidance documents.

Panel meetings and submission deadlines for 2023/24

Submission deadline Meeting date
24 March 2023 9 May 2023
23 June 2023 2 August 2023
22 September 2023 1 November 2023
12 January 2024 14 February 2024







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