York Professional and Academic Development scheme (YPAD)

The scheme is designed to be inclusive of all staff groups who teach or support student learning (including graduate teaching assistants, research staff with teaching responsibilities, associate staff and learning and teaching support staff) and caters for all levels of experience: from individuals who are new to teaching in higher education to senior staff with institutional leadership roles in learning and teaching. It is based upon the University’s Peer Support for Teaching policy, and will involve participants working to develop their practice in groups supported and facilitated by an experienced colleague.

YPAD is accredited by Advance HE. This means individuals who successfully engage with the scheme will secure professional recognition through the award of an HEA Fellowship category appropriate to their role and their level of responsibility for teaching and supporting learning.

Application Process

To apply for registration onto YPAD, please identify the category of HEA Fellowship you wish to secure and complete the application form below.

The categories are:

These categories are accredited against the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPS) Descriptors 1, 2, 3 and 4 respectively.

For those who are interested in joining the scheme the next registration deadline is 9 November 2018Applications will be considered after these deadlines on a first-come first-served basis if places are still available.


Key Dates

YPAD Registration Dates 2018/19

YPAD Awareness workshop

17 October 2018

14:30 - 16:00

Registration form deadline 9 November 2018
YPAD start date 28 November 2018
YPAD Awareness workshop

7 February 2019

12:00 - 14:00

Registration form deadline 1 March 2019
YPAD start date 20 March 2019

 Please contact academic-practice@york.ac.uk to register your attendance at the workshops

How YPAD works

Staff registered to YPAD will be organised into Action Learning Groups of professional peers, based on the HEA fellowship category being sought, and facilitated by an HEA-accredited member of staff. The groups meet three times over the course of the year to provide support for each other in developing their teaching and learning practice.

At the end of the year, participants submit a composite assessment, comprising a reflection on practice, a report on the development undertaken through the Action Learning Group, and identification of future development priorities.

This process applies to participants seeking recognition as an Associate Fellow, Fellow, or Senior Fellow. Applicants for the award of Principal Fellow will receive one-to-one support from an appropriate colleague.

‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌Handbook 2018/19


YPAD Handbook 2018 (PDF  , 680kb)


Academic Practice Team

Duncan Jackson
Head of Academic Practice

Maeve Pearson
Senior Academic Practice Adviser

Phil Robinson-Self
Academic Practice Adviser

Helen Alcelik
Academic Practice Adviser

Lucy Turner-Voakes
Academic Practice Adviser

Administration email: