Professional development programmes

The Centre for the Study of Higher Education, based in the Education Directorate, provides a suite of continuing professional development programmes for University of Kent staff. In line with University strategy, these programmes are intended to promote educational excellence through staff development. Most programmes are accredited by Advance HE to lead to formal teaching qualifications that are recognised through the University’s probation and promotions processes.

The Associate Fellowship Scheme (AFS) is intended for Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) or staff members contractually required to take the AFS. It is a one year, 30 credit, part time programme that leads to Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. Note that postgraduate students or early career academics who teach should start with the Introduction to University Teaching session and explore other non-accredited teaching development resources through the Graduate and Researcher College.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE) is intended for lecturers, typically those in their first full-time post, who must take the PGCHE to complete their probationary requirements. It is a two year, 60 credit, part-time programme. Staff who have completed parts of a similar programme elsewhere may be eligible for exemption from parts of the PGCHE programme. The PGCHE leads to Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. Follow the links for more information or contact

The Route to Recognition for Experienced Staff (RRES) is intended for experienced staff (academic, support, technical) with at least three years of experience of leading, teaching and/or supporting learning in higher education. Colleagues are eligible for the scheme if they are not required to complete the PGCHE.  Experienced colleagues who have not had the opportunity to take the PGCHE or who have previously taken the PGCHE and subsequently gained educational leadership experience are invited to participate. The Route enables staff to apply for recognition at the level of Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy or Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. Mentoring, writing retreats and a dedicated MSTeams Channel are available to support staff during the application process. To meet the assessment requirements, applicants need to demonstrate sustained impact on higher education teaching and learning consistent with the UK Professional Standards Framework. Follow the link for more information.

The Leadership in Education and Academic Practice (LEAP) programme is an innovative, practical, year-long programme designed to support the career development of academics at the University of Kent who focus on education, scholarship, and professional practice. Bridging the gap from Fellowship to Senior Fellowship, LEAP turns PGCHE graduates into educational change agents.  Learning alongside colleagues from across the university, participants identify an area of strategic need to their Division or School.  They apply their new understandings of scholarship and leadership on a CAPstone project that makes tangible improvements to learning and teaching. 

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