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If you are interested in obtaining recognition for your educational practice, especially for career purposes, SHINE can assist you with the process.

SHINE is St George’s accredited professional recognition scheme for St George’s staff involved in teaching or supporting the learning of students and colleagues. It enables you to map your knowledge, experience and professional values as an educator to the UK Professional Standards Framework to become a fellow of Advance HE (previously the Higher Education Academy).

Through SHINE, you can apply for recognition as associate fellow, fellow or senior fellow based on your experience and the scope of your role. We can also support experienced staff to make a direct application for recognition as a principal fellow.

The benefits of gaining fellowship include:

  • entitlement to use the relevant post-nominal letters (AFHEA, FHEA or SFHEA) to demonstrate your commitment to teaching and learning to colleagues and students

  • evidence for academic appointment and promotion decisions in higher education. For example, at St George’s, fellowship and senior fellowship are evidence for promotion from lecturer to senior lecturer or senior lecturer to reader, respectively, in the education-led route.

If you would like to discuss whether SHINE is an appropriate route for you or if you would like to consider a direct application for recognition as a principal fellow, contact SHINE.

For more information, please visit the SHINE FAQs page.

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Who is SHINE for?

 SHINE is appropriate if you have some current or previous experience of teaching, supporting learning and or assessment in higher education and want to gain formal recognition for this. You do not necessarily have to have a large volume of teaching or be involved in summative assessment as associate fellowship can recognise your expertise in the specific context of your role.

If you are on probation or new to teaching in healthcare and biomedical education and your role has a substantive teaching component, the taught route for fellows via the PGCert in Healthcare and Biomedical Education may be more appropriate. Find out more about this route and apply.

What does SHINE involve?

 To make a claim for fellowship recognition you need to:

  • attend an “Introduction to SHINE” workshop

  • work with an allocated SHINE mentor to audit your experience and develop an action plan for making an application for fellowship

  • participate in other appropriate programmes of professional development activities, including peer observation, to develop your teaching skills

  • submit your application for fellowship recognition for assessment.

When you make an application for fellowship recognition you need to submit:

  • an annotated log of your teaching and assessment activities mapped to the relevant category of fellowship and the dimensions of the UK Professional Standards Framework

  • case studies to critically reflect on your experience mapped to the relevant category of fellowship and the dimensions of the UK Professional Standards Framework

  • referee letters to support your application.

What is the UKPSF?

The UK Professional Standards Framework for teaching and supporting learning in higher education (UKPSF) is a nationally-recognised framework for all teachers in higher education. The framework is based on the Dimensions of Professional Practice in relation to:

  • areas of your activity as an educator

  • core knowledge you need to undertake your role

  • professional values you should embody in your practice.

You can apply for recognition in relation to four different categories of fellowship depending on your experience, expertise and the scope and impact of your work. Three categories (associate fellow, fellow and senior fellow) can be achieved internally through the accredited SHINE scheme.

The fourth category (principal fellow) can be achieved via a direct application to Advance HE (Higher Education Academy) and supported by colleagues in the Centre for Innovation and Development in Education.

What category of fellowship is right for me?

Through our internal SHINE scheme or with support from the Centre for Innovation and Development in Education, you can seek recognition at one of four categories of fellowship mapped to the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) and dependent on your experience related with your current role.

Associate fellow (AFHEA)

Associate fellowship is appropriate if you are involved only in certain aspects of teaching or assessing or supporting learning, for example, staff who support academic provision or researchers with limited teaching activities. You also may not necessarily be involved in assessing and giving feedback to students.

Fellow (FHEA)

Fellowship is appropriate if you have a substantive teaching role and are involved in a full range of teaching and assessment activities that contribute to student learning. If you are new to teaching in higher education, the PGCert in Healthcare and Biomedical Education is likely to be a more appropriate taught route to fellowship.

Senior fellow (SFHEA)

Senior fellowship is appropriate if you are an experienced educator and have a sustained record of effectiveness across a range of activities.

Importantly, for senior fellowship, in addition to evidencing your commitment to student teaching and learning you also should be able to evidence impact and influence through the coordination, supervision, management or mentoring of other individuals or groups in relation to developing teaching and learning.

Principal fellow (PFHEA)

In addition, we can provide bespoke support for experienced individual members of staff to apply for principal fellowship. Principal fellowship is appropriate if you are an experienced member of staff and have a record of sustained and effective strategic leadership and policy-making in teaching and learning.

Principal fellowship currently is not undertaken through the internal SHINE scheme but is made by direct application to Advance HE (Higher Education Academy) for external assessment by sector colleagues. Guidance and application forms for direct application for PFHEA are available via Advance HE (Higher Education Academy).

Next steps

Book your place on the next “Introduction to SHINE” workshop:

  • Introduction to SHINE Workshop: Part 2: Developing your SHINE application (Associate Fellow and Fellow of Higher Education Academy applicants only)
  • Introduction to SHINE Workshop: Part 2: Developing your SHINE application (Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy applicants only)

You can see all available dates for the appropriate category of fellowship and book a place through the Eventbrite page.

Submission deadlines and SHINE panel dates

 Submission Deadlines Panel Date
 12 May 2020  16 June 2020
 28 October 2020  2 December 2020
 20 January 2021  24 February 2021
 12 May 2021  16 June 2021
 20 October 2021  24 November 2021
28 Janyary 2022 8 March 2022
13 May 2022 21 June 2022
21 October 2022 29 November 2022
20 January 2023 28 February 2023
26 May 2023 5 July 2023
20 October 2023 29 November 2023

 

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