Anglia Professional Recognition Scheme


The Anglia Professional Recognition Scheme (APRS) for Teaching and Supporting Learning provides two routes to Anglia Ruskin and Higher Education Academy (HEA) fellowships in one of four categories

The categories reflect an individual's role and experience in teaching and supporting learning.

The Higher Education Academy (HEA) is the professional association for academics in higher education. An HEA fellowship demonstrates your commitment to your teaching profession, and your level of teaching experience and expertise against the United Kingdom Professional Standards Framework (UK PSF).

There are two routes to achieving an HEA fellowship through the APRS: you can provide the evidence required for a fellowship by completing an HEA-accredited course (e.g. PG Cert) or you can complete the requirements for recognition.

More information can be found on our APRS Canvas site.

We run workshops to support colleagues claiming for an HEA or Anglia Ruskin Fellowship.

View our list of workshops

You can select from the below four categories, depending on what you feel is most appropriate to your role and your experience of teaching and supporting learning.

Associate Fellow (AFHEA)

  • Suited to early career academics, or those in academic support roles (eg learning technologists and librarians, who have limited teaching load).
  • Must evidence descriptor 1 of the UK PSF.
  • Taught and direct application routes are available for Associate Fellowships, although we encourage a colleagues to use our taught accredited route, Learning and Teaching in Practice.

Fellow (FHEA)

  • Suited to more experienced teachers or those in support roles with a significant teaching load.
  • Must evidence descriptors 1 and 2 of the UK PSF.
  • Taught and direct applications are available, although the majority of eligible staff will gain the Fellowship through their completion of one of our accredited PG Certs.

Senior Fellow (SFHEA)

  • Suited to experienced teachers combine their teaching with scholarship, research and/or other professional activities.
  • There is no taught route to Senior Fellowships.

Principal Fellow (PFHEA)

  • Suited to those with a sustained and effective record of impact at strategic level as part of a wider commitment to academic practice and strategic leadership in teaching and enhancing the student learning experience at institutional, national and international settings.
  • Relatively few colleagues will be able to demonstrate the strategic impact required for a Principal Fellow.
  • There is no taught route to Principal Fellowships.

Leaders in Learning and Teaching (LiLT) initiative

We have recently started an active community of Leaders in Learning and Teaching, made up of senior and principal fellows of the HEA, University Teaching Fellows and holders of the new Anglia Ruskin University Teaching Fellowships and Associate Teaching Fellowships.