Edge Hill University CPD scheme (UKPSF)

HEA Descriptor 1234 and respective Clauses Which category of fellowship? Fellowship category tool

CPD scheme aims

  • Align with and promote the Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) and reflect the aspirations of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)
  • Contribute to achieving, enhancing and developing the University’s strategic objectives for learning and teaching and staff development
  • Be effective in supporting and enabling Faculty/Area/Departmental learning and teaching strategies
  • Enable applicants to enhance and develop their professional practice by providing opportunities to evidence that development where appropriate
  • Contribute to individuals’ career development by supporting and informing innovative and reflective practice
  • Be collaborative and harness expertise from across the institution and beyond
  • Offer flexible and creative opportunities for staff to engage in professional development that is meaningful to them and supports them in enhancing their practice with a focus on continuous enhancement of the student experience
  • Provide opportunities for peer to peer learning, networking and dissemination within the university and beyond.


For each category of Fellowship (D1, D2, D3, D4) there is a specific application form.

The form explains how to complete each of the sections.  Introductory briefing sessions are provided by the Centre for Learning and Teaching as well as support sessions.  Applicants are notified of the details of the support sessions once they have requested an application.

Step one (D1 D2 D3* D4*)

Step two (D1 D2 D3* D4*)

Template forms

Development Viva

For D1 and D2 the role of the development viva is offered as evidence in the spirit of providing an alternative assessment/reasonable adjustment for colleagues who may, through a specific learning difficulty or other disability, be disadvantaged by a solely paper-based application. For D1 and D2 it would normally be the exception.

For D3 and D4, in addition to corroborating and expanding on the depth of evidence in the application, the development viva process further engages the applicant in dialogue about their own progress and contribution to leadership and the development of others. D3, in particular, also constitutes a target setting exercise with the aims of sustaining a trajectory towards D4. It is our intention, at all D levels, to inculcate a culture of aspiration for using the UKPSF as a framework for development. As such the development viva contributes to the evidence base for alignment with the UKPSF, in a summative assessment fashion, but also provides a strong formative component to the process. The accreditation panel thus use the development viva to add value to the process and to reinforce decisions made about the evidence base presented in the application and case studies. The deployment of a development viva for D3 and D4 also serves as a vehicle to identify examples for dissemination, and individuals who can actively contribute to and grow the capacity of the university’s infrastructure to support others engaging in the Framework.

The development viva  is an opportunity to discuss your written application for D3 (SFHEA) or D4 (PFHEA) with your three Internal Reviewers (NB for D4 one will be an external independent reviewer) and it is normally chaired by Dr. John Bostock from CLT. You may bring a copy of your application with you for reference and anything which you feel will support your development viva. You may also bring any ancillary notes, books, journal articles which you feel will help you in your conversation. The Internal Reviewers will have prepared a number of questions relating to the themes emerging from your written application and the event will be digitally recorded (audio) for External Moderation purposes only. It should last no more than 50 minutes in total.

You will need to have a successful viva to qualify for HEA status D3 and D4. Feedback will be given following the development viva and further support offered if unsuccessful.  You may also use your development viva feedback to modify/enhance your written application too if necessary. In either instance you will be allowed a resubmission period of usually up to three weeks to address the criteria. Therefore you will still have an opportunity to successfully meet the criteria and have your application externally moderated in time for the Accreditation Panel which formally approves your HEA status.

Case studies

The role of case studies as a component of evidence provides a vehicle for applicants to ground their alignment with the UKPSF in real examples from practice (many of which will be worthy of dissemination through our CLT professional development series).The case study model invites deep engagement, critical thinking and identification of further professional development needs thus reinforcing the UKPSF dimensions of practice. As in the rationale for the viva, the case studies provide a rich source of real examples from practice for dissemination, either on-line or through our professional development series. In addition, it will provide a source of anonymised examples to be used in sessions to support applicants in developing their own evidence bases.


For D1 D2 and D3 Fellowship you also need to supply details of two referees to provide an informed peer review of your eligibility for Fellowship using their knowledge of your work and the context in which you teach and/or support learning. For D4 you will need three referees (one external). As the Scheme is developmental, supportive and transparent you might prefer to view your referees as advocates i.e. colleagues who are corroborating your claim in a positive and open way. Please forward the ‘Reference Template’ and ‘Guidance for Referees’  to your two referees (or your three referees in the case of D4), which can be found under the ‘Template Forms’ tab.

Please note that once you have registered your interest on [email protected] then you will be allocated an application form with your own specific reference number. Please do not use the template forms.

Referees should be experienced staff and be able to comment knowledgeably, and from first-hand experience, on your current role and any other relevant activities recently undertaken. At least one of the referees should normally be a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, or an appropriate experienced member of staff working for a higher education provider. All referees need to be familiar with the UKPSF. External Examiners of EHU provision should not be used as referees.

After completion

Once you have completed your application form, please save it along with your two completed references and email them as attachments to [email protected] using your institutional email address.

Please ensure that your referees have access to your application in good time to meet the submission deadline so they can complete their reference as fully as possible and remember that they are corroborating YOUR claim for Fellowship Status. You should, therefore,  be in a position to read your references and check that they support what you have presented in your application. It may well be that your referees have included something you may have overlooked and therefore you may wish to add this to your application. You should not be in a position where referees are citing new information that has not been originally detailed by you in your original submission.

Submission details

There are two Accreditation Panels in any academic year; one in February and one in June to recognise all categories of Fellowship of HEA i.e. D1, D2, D3, D4.

You need to submit your form by 1 December to meet the February panel. You need to submit the form by 1 April if you wish to meet the June panel.

If you do not submit your completed application and references by the deadlines indicated then there will be an automatic deferral of your application to the next available deadline. So if you miss April 1 then your application will be considered following the December 1 deadline.

Once submitted you will receive feedback within 4 weeks of the submission deadline date.

Submissions in December will receive feedback within 4 working weeks i.e. not counting the Christmas & New Year break and for submissions made on 1st April feedback will also be be given within 4 weeks not counting the Easter break i.e. Good Friday until Easter Tuesday inclusive (5 days).

GDPR Update on PGCTHE and EHU CPD Scheme (UKPSF) data sharing with ADVANCE HE (formerly The Higher Education Academy)

Following the implementation of GDPR you should be aware that successful recognition at AFHEA (THE7001) D1 and/or FHEA D2 (full PGCTHE or EHU CPD Scheme (UKPSF), SFHEA D3 and PFHEA D4 (EHU CPD Scheme UKPSF), personal data including your name and email address will be supplied to Advance HE. This is in order to trigger your fellowship registration and certificate being recorded on their MyAcademy database.

Advance HE will make use of this data in the course of providing their Accreditation Services to EHU, and potentially in any reviews they might carry out of our accredited provision.

By submitting your coursework and appendices you are confirming you agree to this data sharing.