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FAQs

What pathway am I eligible for?

  • Part-time academic staff and post-doctoral researchers with teaching responsibilities will be able to work towards Fellowship status through bespoke arrangements.  Please contact a member of the APDU team for more information.

  • I am a full-time academic staff member with less than 2 years' full-time teaching experience in Higher Education in the UK.   The APP (Academic Professional Programme) would be the appropriate pathway for you.

  • I am an academic with more than 2 years' teaching experience.  The APEX OPEN Pathway would be suitable for you.

  • I am a Doctoral Researcher/Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA).  The Higher Education in Teaching and Learning (HETL) programme would be suitable for you.

I am on the APEX Open Pathway.  What resources will I have access to?

You will have access to tailored workshops for your portfolio, writing retreats, supporting materials and resources that can be found on a designated BBL page, as well as CPD sessions to support your application and teaching practice.

I would like to apply for Senior Fellowship; how can I find out if this is suitable for me?

Firstly, please visit the HE Advance website and complete their HE Advance Decision Tool form.  This takes 10-20 minutes and you will be shown your results in a PDF form after completion.  Please then contact us to arrange a meeting, with your results, to discuss your application further.

Is there a cost associated with applying for a Fellowship?

Brunel University has HE Advance accredited provision, therefore we are able to cover the costs for most of our staff already.  However, this can  depend on your status, as well as whether you work part-time or are employed elsewhere.  Please email us if you are unsure and we can clarify this for you.  If you wish to apply to HE Advance directly, further information can be found on their Applications page.

I am not enrolled on any pathway.  Can I still access and attend CPD events?

Yes, the CPD sessions are accessible to all staff at Brunel.  You need to register for any CPD sessions you wish to attend via our booking system.                                                                                  Browse Workshops | Academic Professional Development Unit (APDU) | Brunel University London

How long does the APP take to complete, and how many hours are allocated to the programme?

The APP is an 18 month long course, and 20% of your time is allocated to the programme.  This should be allocated to you in your WAM (Work Allocation Module).

Do I need a mentor for my pathway?

Yes, all pathways require you to have a mentor.

How do I find a suitable mentor?

Mentors are staff who have received their fellowship accreditation at Brunel University London.  A list of fellows can be found on BBL, under the APDU tab.  Your mentor needs to have a Fellowship or Senior Fellowship.

Can my line manager be my mentor?

We advise participants to choose mentors who are colleagues rather than Line Managers.

Who can observe my teaching?

Your mentor and a member of the APDU team can observe your teaching.  You are required to have two observations as part of your application.

How long are observations; what is the process?

Observations usually last the duration of a whole session (approximately one hour), which allows us to get a sense of the beginning, middle and end.  This may vary from person to person, depending on the subject or format of teaching.

The process takes part in 3 stages:

1 - Part A of the observation form is completed by the Fellowship candidate asking for feedback on specific areas of practice. You should select an appropriate session to be observed. As part of the pre-observation planning, you choose what you would like the observer to focus on based on the feedback that would help you in the further development of your practice.

2- Part B of the form is completed by the observer after a coaching style conversation has taken place. Following the observation, you will meet up with the observer, ideally face-to-face, to debrief and the observer will then summarise the conversation – not provide comments on the observation—in part B of the observation form.

3 - Part C of the form is completed by the Fellowship candidate detailing their reflection and areas they intend to develop.  Once the form is completed, it is uploaded as part of your portfolio.  SFHEA observations are mentoring, supporting and co-ordinatingot teaching.

How much time will there be between observations?

We recommend a time-period of at least 2 weeks between observations.  This will give you time for reflection and development before you are observed again.

What is Epigeum, and do I need to engage with it?

Epigeum is a leading provider of online courses that support the core activities of universities; developed through a unique process of global collaboration between world-class subject experts and partner institutions.  As a Brunel staff member, you have free access to the University Teaching: Core Skills Programme.  You can find out more about this programme, including how to access it, on the APDU tab on BBL.

I have a PgCert but it is not accredited by Advance HE.  Am I exempt from the programme?

It is quite possible that you may be exempt.  It would be worth having a chat with a member of our team who can best advise you.  If you did not receive Advance HE Fellowship and you require it to meet your probation requirements, we can support you to achieve this.