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 the Higher Education Academy. 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 Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) 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 23rd February 2018.  Applications will be considered after these deadlines on a first-come first-served basis if places are still available.


Key Dates

YPAD Registration Dates 2017/18

YPAD Awareness workshop

19 October 2017

10:30 - 12:00

Registration form deadline 3 November 2017
YPAD start date 23 November 2017
YPAD Awareness workshop 13 February 2018
Registration form deadline 23 February 2018
YPAD start date 13 March 2018

 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 2017/18

Handbook for 2017-18


YPAD Handbook 2017/18 (PDF  , 346kb)


Academic Practice Team

Duncan Jackson
Head of Academic Practice

Maeve Pearson
Senior Academic Practice Adviser

Phil Robinson-Self
Academic Practice Adviser

Margaret McAllister
Academic Practice Administrator