Seeking professional recognition?

Our routes to professional recognition are underpinned by the principles of the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF), which aims to improve quality and recognise excellence in Higher Education. Completing one of the masters-level programmes or engaging with the York Professional and Academic Development scheme (YPAD) leads to professional recognition through the award of a Higher Education Academy (HEA) fellowship most appropriate to your role and career stage.

Excellence in teaching and supporting learning is also recognised through the annual Vice-Chancellor’s Teaching Awards.

Routes by career stage and role 


Programmes and courses

HEA Associate Fellow

  • Postgraduates who teach
  • Staff who support learning and teaching
  • Researchers
YPAD Peer Action Learning Group

Staff: Teaching and Supporting Learning in Higher Education (TSLHE)

Students: York Learning and Teaching Award (YLTA)

HEA Fellow

  • Early career teaching staff
  • Experienced academics who are new to HE teaching
  • Staff who substantively support learning and teaching
YPAD Peer Action Learning Group

Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP)

Postgraduate Certificate in Health Professions Education (PGCHPE)

HEA Senior Fellow

  • Staff with a proven track record in teaching
  • Staff who support or lead others in their practice
YPAD Action Learning Group  

HEA Principal Fellow

  • Staff who have an established academic career
  • Staff who have strategic responsibilities for learning and teaching within the university or beyond
YPAD one-to-one mentoring