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York Professional and Academic Development scheme (YPAD)

The YPAD 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 professional services staff with learning, teaching and relevant support responsibilities). It 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

Application process

To apply for registration onto YPAD, you will need to complete an application form, identifying the category of HEA Fellowship you wish to secure.

The categories are:

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

We recruit to two YPAD cohorts per year. For those who are interested in joining the scheme the next application deadlines are:

  • Cohort 1: 15 November 2019
  • Cohort 2: 21 February 2020

Applications will be considered after these deadlines on a first-come first-served basis if places are still available.


  • To request an application form, please email Completed forms should be returned to Academic Practice by the deadlines noted above

Key dates

Key dates

Cohort 1: starts December 2019 and finishes June 2020
Cohort 2: starts March 2020 and finishes December 2020

DetailsAutumn Term start (Cohort 1)Spring Term start (Cohort 2)
YPAD Awareness Workshop

Wed 16 Oct 2019 (12:00-14:00)

Thurs 6 Feb 2020 (12:00-14:00)
YPAD Application Deadline* Fri 15 Nov 2019 Fri 21 Feb 2020
YPAD Introduction** Wed 4 Dec 2019 (12:00-14:00) Wed 11 Mar 2020 (12:00-14:00)
Application Support** Fri 15 May 2020 (12:00-14:00) Date TBC, week 5 Autumn 2020/21 

* Applications will be considered after these deadlines on a first-come first-served basis if places are still available

** Attendance at these sessions is compulsory

Please contact if you would like to book a place to attend the optional Awareness Workshop. If your application onto the YPAD scheme is accepted you will be booked onto the relevant YPAD Introduction session.

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 Advance HE accredited member of staff. The groups meet three times over the course of registration 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.

Who to contact

Duncan Jackson
Head of Academic Practice
YPAD Scheme Director

Helen Alcelik
Academic Practice Adviser

Administration email