What is Advance UWL and who is it for?

The University is committed to supporting the professional development of its staff. For those with teaching and leadership responsibilities in relation to student engagement and success, there is a requirement for you to obtain recognition through the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF), and to maintain your recognition through ongoing engagement in continuing professional development (CPD). Professional staff with substantial responsibilities to support student learning may also obtain recognition and are encouraged to do so.

Staff with three or more years of experience teaching or supporting learning in Higher Education can apply for recognition through our Advance UWL programme, which is accredited by Advance HE and confers recognition for all four standards – Associate Fellow, Fellow, Senior Fellow and Principal Fellow of the HEA, all of which are recognised worldwide.

Staff with less than three years of teaching may be required to complete the Academic Professional Apprenticeship or may wish to consider Online PGCert in Professional Academic Practice.


How do I apply?

If you would like to apply for recognition, you need to complete a short online survey  which will enable us to ensure you are applying for the correct standard. You should keep a copy for yourself also. Once you have done that, you will be sent an email explaining how you can register on the programme’s Blackboard site which contains

  • General information for applicants
  • Information on workshops to help you get ready for submission
  • Submission dates for upcoming panels
  • Application forms
  • Referees/Advocates guidance and forms


Please note, if you are not a member of UWL staff, you may be able to engage with the scheme but will have to pay a fee (which would cover that due to Advance HE to gain access to their register). Staff with teaching qualifications not aligned to the UKPSF are encouraged to engage with the programme to update their qualifications.

If you have any questions, please contact ExPERT Academy (expert-academy@uwl.ac.uk).