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Under the APEX Framework, the APDU offers three pathways that helps staff achieve their Associate Fellow, Fellow or Senior Fellow recognition, while further developing their teaching and learning practises. This includes the Higher Education Teaching and Learning (HETL) programme, Academic Professional Programme, and Apex Open.


1. Higher Education Teaching and Learning (HETL)

Training for doctoral researchers who are involved in teaching will be delivered through the HETL programme. This is open to all doctoral researchers, but only those with regular teaching responsibilities will be able to submit their Associate Fellowship (AFHEA) application (others will not have the practice required to successfully achieve AFHEA status).

The programme involves a series of sessions on a range of topics including, for example, designing learning opportunities and assessment and feedback. Fellowship participants submit a portfolio together with evidence of professional practice in teaching/supporting learning appropriate to descriptor 1 of the UK Professional Standards Framework for teaching and supporting learning in higher education (UKPSF).


2. Academic Professional Programme (starting September 2020)

The Academic Professional Programme (APP) is based on the Level 7 Academic Professional apprenticeship standard and offers those new to teaching:

  • Opportunities to develop scholarly, reflective, evidence-based practices in learning, teaching and assessment.
  • Opportunities for collegial engagement with peers from a range of subjects and disciplines.
  • A route to professional recognition in relation to the UKPSF.

The APP is for staff with less than two years full-time teaching in higher education in the UK. Academic staff with more than 2 years full-time teaching experience can use the APEX Open route to achieve Fellowship.

​Upon successful completion, participants will be awarded Fellowship of Advance HE. The programme is closely aligned with the UK Professional Standards Framework for teaching and supporting learning in higher education (UKPSF)


 3. APEX Open

The APDU support academic and professional staff preparing for Advance HE fellowship applications (Associate Fellow, Fellow and Senior Fellow). We are currently accredited by Advance HE to run our own recognition panels, with the decisions overseen by an external reviewer to assure standards.

​​​​APEX Open is available to all who contribute to learning and teaching, including support staff and administrators, library, careers and marketing staff, provided they have sufficient experience in teaching/ supporting learning in HE, and have more than two years’ experience.

If you are interested in taking part in APEX Open, please contact a member of the APDU team