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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.

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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 and a SHINE writing retreat delivered via the EduFocus programme

  • 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).

How do I apply for fellowship recognition?

Your application should be explicitly mapped to the Dimensions of Professional Practice and the Descriptor of the UKSPF appropriate to the category of fellowship for which you are seeking recognition.

Applicants for principal fellowship via the direct application route to the Higher Education Academy should download the application paperwork from their website and contact the SHINE scheme coordinator.

The minimum requirements and the key elements of the SHINE application for each category of fellowship are summarised below.

UKPSF descriptor

Section 2 of the application form

Professional and developmental activities

Section 3 of the application form

Account of professional practice (APP) (case study/reflective commentary)

Referee letters

Descriptor 1 (D1): Associate Fellow of Higher Education Academy

You will present an understanding of specific aspects of effective teaching, learning support methods and student learning and demonstrate:

D1.I Successful engagement with at least two of the five Areas of Activity.

D1.II Successful engagement in appropriate teaching and practices related to these Areas of Activity.

D1.III Appropriate Core Knowledge and understanding of at least K1 and K2.

D1.IV A commitment to appropriate Professional Values in facilitating others’ learning.

D1.V Relevant professional practices, subject and pedagogic research and/or scholarship within the above activities.

D1.VI Successful engagement, where appropriate, in professional development activity related to teaching, learning, and assessment responsibilities.

You need to demonstrate achievement and success in some parts of the dimensions of the framework – ie two Areas of Activity (A), at least K1 and K2 of the Core Knowledge (K) and all the Professional Values (V) by mapping six activities related to teaching-learning (and assessment if possible) to the relevant Dimensions.

 

Reflective commentary addressing at least two Areas of Activity (A) at least K1 and K2 of the Core Knowledge and appropriate Professional Values (V).

Two

Descriptor 2 (D2): Fellow of Higher Education Academy

You will present a broad understanding of effective approaches to learning and teaching support as a key contribution to high quality student learning. You should be able to provide evidence of:

D2.I Successful engagement across all five Areas of Activity.

D2.II Appropriate knowledge and understanding across all aspects of Core Knowledge.

D2.III A commitment to all the Professional Values.

D2.IV Successful engagement in appropriate teaching practices related to the Areas of Activity.

D2.V Successful incorporation of subject and pedagogic research and/or scholarship within the above activities, as part of an integrated approach to academic practice.

D2.VI Successful engagement in continuing professional development in relation to teaching, learning, assessment and where appropriate, related professional practices.

You need to demonstrate achievement and success in all parts of the Dimensions of the framework – ie all the Areas of Activity, Core Knowledge and Professional Values by mapping 10 activities related to teaching-learning and assessment, to the relevant Dimensions.

Reflective commentary addressing all of the Areas of Activity, together with relevant areas of Core Knowledge and all the Professional Values.

Evidence should come from ‘Typical activities’ for fellowship at D2. For each Area of Activity, you should provide around three examples to evidence your impact on the student learning experience.

Two

Descriptor 3 (D3): Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy

You will present a thorough understanding of effective approaches to teaching and learning support as a key contribution to high quality student learning. You should be able to provide evidence of:

D3.I Successful engagement across all five Areas of Activity.

D3.II Appropriate knowledge and understanding across all aspects of Core Knowledge.

D3.III A commitment to all the Professional Values.

D3.IV Successful engagement in appropriate teaching practices related to the Areas of Activity.

D3.V Successful incorporation of subject and pedagogic research and/or scholarship within the above activities, as part of an integrated approach to academic practice.

D3.VI Successful engagement in continuing professional development in relation to teaching, learning, assessment, scholarship and, as appropriate, related academic or professional practices.

D3.VII Successful coordination, support, supervision, management and/or mentoring of others (whether individuals and/or teams) in relation to learning and teaching.

You need to demonstrate achievement and success in all parts of the Dimensions of the framework – ie all the Areas of Activity, Core Knowledge and Professional Values by mapping 10 activities related to teaching-learning, assessment and peer support to the relevant Dimensions.

Two case studies addressing all of the Areas of Activity, together with relevant areas of Core Knowledge and all the Professional Values.

Each case study needs to demonstrate D3 by evidencing your wider impact, sustained success and influence in teaching and learning in higher education.

Two

 

Next steps

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

 

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