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York Professional and Academic Development scheme (YPAD)

The YPAD scheme is a professional development and recognition scheme designed to be inclusive of any member of staff who teaches or supports student learning (including academic staff, graduate teaching assistants, research staff, associate staff and professional services staff). It caters for all levels of experience, from individuals who are new to teaching/supporting learning in higher education, to senior staff with institutional leadership roles. Engagement is based upon the University’s Peer Support for Teaching policy and involves 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 undertake the scheme will secure professional recognition through the award of a category of HEA Fellowship appropriate to their role and their level of responsibility for teaching and supporting learning.

If you’re interested in finding out more about the scheme, you can register to attend an introduction to YPAD workshop. You can also email:

How YPAD works

Staff who engage with YPAD will be organised into action learning groups facilitated by an Advance HE-accredited member of staff. The groups meet three times over the course of registration (which lasts approximately 35 weeks) to provide support for each other in undertaking a small learning and teaching project.

At the end of their engagement, participants submit an application for HEA recognition. This is assessed internally by a panel of appropriately qualified York staff. 

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.

Key dates

Key dates

YPAD recruits two cohorts per year, with engagement lasting for approximately 35 weeks. 

Cohort 1: starts November 2023 and finishes June 2024
Cohort 2: starts June 2024 and finishes February 2025

Details Cohort 1 Cohort 2
Introduction to YPAD Workshop

Wednesday 1 November 2023 (2pm to 4pm)

Wednesday 12 June 2024 (2pm to 4pm)
YPAD Registration Deadline Wednesday 13 December 2023 Wednesday 24 July 2024
YPAD Application Support Workshop Wednesday 27 March 2024 (2pm to 4pm) Wednesday 30 October 2024 (10am to 12pm)
YPAD Application for Recognition Submission Deadline Wednesday 19 June 2024 Wednesday 5 February 2025


Application process

Application process

Before submitting an application form, we would recommend you explore the different categories of HEA Fellowship that are available to see which is most appropriate to your role and responsibilities:  

If you are unclear which category is most appropriate, you may find this Fellowship Category Tool useful.

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

We recruit to two YPAD cohorts per year. For those who are interested in joining the scheme, you should book onto an Introduction to YPAD workshop using the relevant Google Form:

The workshop is a ‘gateway’ to engaging with YPAD, but does not in itself commit you to doing so. After attending, if you wish to proceed with engagement, you will be invited to complete an enrolment form.

Please note: staff who are undertaking PGCAP as an expectation of employment are not able to engage with YPAD until they have successfully completed that programme.


Who to contact

Duncan Jackson
Head of Academic Practice
YPAD Scheme Director

Administration email