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CPD Route – University of Reading

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CPD Route

The FLAIR CPD scheme provides a route for experienced colleagues to gain HEA Fellowship in recognition of the work they do in teaching and supporting learning. The scheme is accredited by Advance HE to award three categories of Fellowship: Associate Fellowship (D1), Fellowship (D2) or Senior Fellowship (D3).

Who can apply?

All colleagues with experience of teaching and/or supporting learning in higher education can apply for professional recognition through the scheme at D1-D3. This includes colleagues who already have Fellowship and want to apply for a further category of Fellowship in recognition of experience gained since the initial award. Whilst we cannot award Principal Fellowship (D4), we can provide colleagues with support for direct applications to Advance HE.

The scheme is for experienced staff, so how much experience do I need?

To meet the assessment requirements (the relevant Descriptors of the PSF) applicants need to demonstrate sustained impact on teaching and learning within a Higher Education context. It is, therefore, expected that applicants will usually have been teaching or supporting learning in HE for a period of three years or more. However, it is the applicant's impact that is most important, not simply the period of service or number of contact hours with learners.

What support will I receive?

  • On these webpages you will find a wide range of support material with all the information you need to begin the process and useful resources for developing your application.
  • Q&A sessions: Although you will find the answer to most questions on the website, we appreciate that some applicants need specific advice on their application. So that you know when someone will be available to answer questions, we have scheduled some informal Q&A sessions. No booking is required. Simply contact Eileen via Teams during the times indicated on the key dates document.
  • Feedback:  1) The first layer of feedback is provided by the growing community of people with Fellowship across the institution. Use the 'Alumni List' on the relevant webpage or contact your SDTL to identify someone local who can provide informal feedback on your initial draft.   2) Formal support: Applicants are entitled to book two 30-minute consultation meetings for oral feedback on drafts. Please note, we have a strict no inbox policy and cannot give written feedback.

As a result of the support that is provided, the success rate for applicants to the CPD Scheme is higher than the rate for direct applications to Advance HE. For example, in 2019-20 over 90% of applications to the CPD Scheme were successful at the first attempt. This is much higher than the success rate for direct applications which varied between 70-79% depending on category.

What to do next

  • download the step by step guide for a quick overview of how to apply for Fellowship
  • watch the screencasts and look at the handbook and Applicant Support Pack for more detail on what is involved (select from menu below)
  • use the key dates to plan the timeline for your application
  • contact us during one of our regular Q&A sessions (via Teams) if you have any specific queries not addressed in the documentation 

Should you experience any difficulty accessing the webpages (for example, being redirected to the University homepage), please visit the IT support page

resources for each category of fellowship

Applying for Associate fellowship

Resources for those working towards Associate Fellowship

Applying for Fellowship

Resources for those working towards Fellowship

applying for senior fellowship

Resources for those working towards Senior Fellowship

applying for principal fellowship

Resources for those working towards Principal Fellowship

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