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The CREATE (Cultivating Research-rich Education and Teaching Excellence) HEA Fellowship scheme supports staff in reflecting upon their teaching/supporting learning experience in order to achieve recognition in the following categories:

  • Associate Fellowship of the HEA. Suitable for staff with some teaching/supporting learning responsibilities e.g. research staff, PGR students, technicians, staff who support academic provision (e.g. learning technologists and librarians).
  • Fellowship of the HEA. Suitable for staff with significant teaching/supporting learning responsibilities e.g. Lecturers.
  • Senior Fellowship of the HEA. Suitable for experienced staff who are able to demonstrate impact and influence through, for example: leading programmes and subjects; mentoring and supporting other staff to influence their practice; wider educational leadership roles. 

The scheme, which is fully online, involves a programme of optional workshops to support your reflection on your teaching, and a written reflection on your teaching practice. Cohorts begin the scheme January or September. Expect to plan at least 15 hours engagement/writing your reflective narrative for an Associate Fellow claim; at least 30 hours for a Fellow claim; at least 30 hours plus for a Senior Fellow claim.  

We also provide support for those seeking to be recognised as Principal Fellows of the HEA through direct application to Advance HE. This category is relevant to those with a sustained and effective record of impact at a strategic level in relation to teaching and learning. 

To check which category of Fellowship is right for you please use Advance HE’s Fellowship category tool.

To join the scheme and access support, or for any queries please contact

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Call for Mentors and Assessors!

We are pleased to invite expressions of interest for CREATE HEA Fellowship Scheme assessors and/or mentors. 

For details and the EOI form visit the call page

CREATE Celebrates

View the outstanding portfolio award nominees for 2023 on the CREATE Celebrates page.

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