AFHEA pathway for doctoral researchers: Resources
The core requirements of the application are set out in the table:
|Professional Activity Table - 600 words for 3 Areas of Activity in the PSF which must include A5|
|4||CPD log and plan|
Please refer to the handbook below for more detail.
Here you will find the handbook and other useful documents. These will provide you with important information about the scheme and the application process.
- Applicant support pack
- Application proforma
- Time-Line of events for AFHEA route for Doctoral Researchers (2024)
- Mock CPD log and plan
- Reading list (here you will find some suggestions for reading linked to each Area of Activity)
The Professional Standards Framework (PSF) is a comprehensive set of professional standards and guidelines for all involved in teaching and supporting learning in HE.
- The full PSF can be found here.
- PSF Summary
- PSF Dimensions of the Framework
- Screencast: Introducing the PSF: The Dimensions
Writing your PAT
A core part of applications is a Professional Activity Table (PAT). The PAT allows you to demonstrate the breadth and impact of your work and achievements. You will find the template in the 'useful documents' section above.
You should write 600 words for each of two Areas of Activity of your choice PLUS 600 words for Area of Activity 5 (indicative word count 1800 words). Useful tips for writing each section can be found below:
- Area of Activity 1: Tips for writing A1
- Area of Activity 2: Tips for writing A2
- Area of Activity 3: Tips for writing A3
- Area of Activity 4: Tips for writing A4
- Area of Activity 5: Tips for writing A5
Resources for preparing supporting statements
You need to include two supporting statements as part of the application. Within the application you will probably focus on certain aspects of your work. The purpose of the supporting statements is to confirm and complement the claims you make in your application, the most important thing is to choose people who are able to comment knowledgeably and credibly on the work you are presenting from their first-hand experience of your practice and comment on your effectiveness in relation to teaching and learning.
The guidance below is to help anyone preparing a supporting statement in support of an application for AFHEA through the University of Reading's AFHEA pathway for doctoral researchers.
- AFHEA Pathway for Doctoral Researchers supporting statement guidance
- AFHEA Pathway for Doctoral Researchers supporting statement proforma
- Providing a supporting statement screencast (transcript also available)