Anglia Professional Recognition Scheme


The Anglia Professional Recognition Scheme (APRS) is accredited by Advance-HE (formerly the Higher Education Academy (HEA). There are two routes to Anglia Ruskin and HEA fellowships in one of four categories.

Advance-HE is the professional association for academics in higher education. The Advance-HE fellowships remain named after the Higher Education Academy (HEA). 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) (currently under revision).

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

We run workshops to support colleagues claiming for an HEA/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.

More information can be found on our APRS Canvas site.