The Western Educational Fellowship Scheme (WEFS) provides academic and professional staff with an opportunity to apply for international and externally peer reviewed recognition of their education practice with Advance HE(opens in a new window). The Fellowship enables staff to benchmark their practice according to the UK Professional Standards Framework(opens in a new window) (UKPSF).
Advance HE Fellowships(opens in a new window) are internationally recognised, portable and ongoing. Applying for a Fellowship encourages staff to review, develop and demonstrate their practice across UKPSF. Becoming a Fellow demonstrates a commitment to effective teaching, and learning support, within the discipline and the higher education sector at large.
There are four categories of Fellowship, reflecting the wide range of learning and teaching support carried out by academic and professional staff working within the higher education sector. Advance HE Fellows are entitled to use a post-nominal letters, and an overview of the categories is outlined below.
Significant experience of strategic leadership roles/responsibilities related to teaching and supporting learning, with evidence of a sustained and effective record at an institutional, national or international level.
Suggested 7,000 word application, including citations
Advance HE offers an online Fellowship Decision Tool(opens in a new window) to assist staff in determining the category of Fellowship that best reflects their current role and experience. Successful Fellows join a community of over 2,000 Australian-based Advance HE Fellows, and over 124,000 Fellows world-wide.
To obtain a Fellowship, staff prepare a written application of their educational practice with reference to the UKPSF(opens in a new window). The UKPSF identifies the diverse range of teaching and support roles and environments. These are reflected and expressed in the Dimensions of the Framework. The UKPSF clearly outlines, through the Dimensions of the Framework, the professional practice of all those involved in teaching and learning support within higher education.
Participants will also need to obtain Supporting Statements from Referees who are senior peers or junior colleagues who are currently working, or have worked in higher education institutions, in Australia or internationally.
The application and the referees’ statements are then submitted to Advance HE to be assessed by an international panel of existing Advance HE Fellows.
2020 Western Educational Fellowship Scheme Rounds
In 2020, the 21C project will support two WEFS rounds which will align with the Autumn and Spring semesters.
Academic and professional staff who are continuing or on contract, as well as sessional staff (including doctoral students engaged in teaching at Western this semester) are all eligible to apply for a place in each round.
Applications for the Autumn 2020 WEFS are now open.
Successful applicants will be supported through dedicated workshops, mentoring from existing Western Fellows, have access to resources and exemplars, and have the cost of the application fee paid for by the University.