Department for Curriculum and Quality Enhancement

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‌Gaining HEA Fellowship (D2)

Full time academic staff are expected to work towards Fellowship (D2) of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

The includes:

  • New lecturers with a full teaching load who have limited teaching experience in higher education.
  • Experienced academics who are new to Portsmouth and who do not hold a qualification to teach in higher education that is recognised by the HEA.
  • Experienced University of Portsmouth academics and support staff with substantive teaching and learning responsibilities.
  • All other members of staff who wish to work towards professional recognition as a Fellow of the HEA should seek the support of their Head of Department or line manager to register on the Fellowship Pathway. They will be encouraged to participate in professional development activities according to individual needs.

There are two development pathways for D2:

Pathway A: Academic Professional Apprenticeship

Taught Pathway: For early career Lecturers with less than 2 years’ experience and/or those new to teaching in the UK. It is expected that you will complete the Academic Professional Apprenticeship in order to gain the status of an HEA Fellow and a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education.

If you think this the right pathway for you please email for more information and details on how to register.


Pathway B: Experiential Pathway – Direct Written Submission

Direct Application Pathway: For experienced lecturers and Academic and/or support staff holding substantive teaching and learning responsibilities, who are in a position to be able to evidence the criteria for a particular category of Fellowship there is a direct application route, which can be completed at various points throughout the year. Applicants will be given a mentor who will support their application and be able to attend writing retreats and peer learning sessions to support their submission.


If you think this is the right pathway for you please email who will be able to give more information on timings and registration.


Fellowship Pathway starting dates:

  • TBC

​Fellowship ​Peer Learning Sessions:

  • TBC

Please book a place through the Academic Events Calendar.

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Please contact if you have any further questions.