Department for Curriculum and Quality Enhancement

Advancing your teaching practice

APEX - Academic Professional Excellence Framework

The APEX Scheme consists of a range of opportunities to recognise, reward and celebrate excellence in learning, teaching and supporting learning.

To find out further information about APEX, then check out the Essential Guide to the APEX Programme and self-enrol onto our APEX Moodle page here.

The APEX Programme provides a range of flexible initial and continuing development opportunities aligned with the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF). There are six Pathways, please find more information below. If you have any questions please contact 


Pink triangle
Orange triangle
Foundation Pathway

This Pathway provides the initial professional development towards Descriptor 1 and consists of different flexible and individualised routes for various categories of staff to enable them to meet their teaching responsibilities.

The GPROF route aims to support and develop postgraduates, who will work as demonstrators and tutors.

The ALPROF aims to support and develop part time teaching staff.

Associate Fellowship Pathway (D1)

This Pathway is suitable for all staff, both with and without previous experience, who have responsibilities for supporting student learning in higher education.

Blue_green triangle
Red triangle
Fellowship Pathway (D2) 

This Pathway is appropriate for all academic staff, both with and without previous experience who are involved in teaching, assessing and supporting student learning.


Senior Fellowship Pathway (D3)

This Pathway is for highly experienced academic staff with a considerable level of scholarly and professional expertise, developed over time, in supporting high quality student learning in all dimensions of the UKPSF.

Dark Blue Triangle
Principal Fellowship Pathway (D4)

This Pathway is for senior academic staff with responsibilility for strategic leadership within and/or beyond the institution. Participants are supported to make individual application to the HE Academy.





Peers Enhancing Practice (PEP)

‌The University’s Peers Enhancing Practice (PEP) Framework (.pdf, 111KB), formerly known as Peer Review and Development, provides a systematic yet flexible framework for supporting PEP activities at departmental level. These activities involve reflection and dialogue between colleagues with the aim of enhancing the whole student educational experience and identifying related professional development needs. Guidance notes for both departments and individuals may be found below. Further advice on detailed operational issues is available from Academic Development.

Guidance Notes

  1. The PEP cycle - A guide to implementation (.doc, 38KB)
  2. Organising PEP at departmental level (.doc, 36KB)
  3. Confirmation for departmental records of PEP activity (.doc, 36KB)
  4. Guidance for the initial discussion between PEP partners (.doc, 37KB)
  5. Framework for reflection upon the outcomes of the activity (.doc, 37KB)
  6. Pro-forma for staff working towards HEA accreditation (experienced teacher route) or updating their CPD record
    (.doc, 37KB)
  7. Prompt sheet: Lectures or general face to face sessions (.doc, 37KB)
  8. Prompt sheet: Seminars (.doc, 45KB)
  9. Prompt sheet: Practical sessions (.doc, 46KB)
  10. Prompt sheet: Online learning course resource and activity design (.doc, 38KB)
  11. Prompt sheet: Assessment design (.doc, 40KB)
  12. Prompt sheet: Support for students with specific learning difficulties (.doc, 37KB)

For more information, please contact