Teaching Development Framework (TDF) guidance and documentation

In order to gain recognition, you'll need to reflect critically on contrasting examples of your teaching-related practices, explore how you engage with and build on the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF), and 'build a case' of your 'success and effectiveness' for the appropriate category of fellowship. You're also required to have an aspect of your teaching/learning support activities reviewed by a colleague from within the institution. This process is intended to enhance teaching practices, promote self-reflection, and provide additional opportunities to share good practices. 

To be successful, you'll need to demonstrate a thorough understanding of your subject, and appropriate methods for teaching and learning, as well as an understanding of how students learn. You also need to provide evidence that you have reflected on your practices in relation to relevant pedagogic literature. The scheme focuses particularly on the Areas of Activity, Core Knowledge and Professional Values of the UK Professional Standards Framework.

Application process and documentation

The Quick Guide to Completing your Application Form covers the process for all categories of applications, with examples and guidance about submitting your application. 

There are four types of fellowship: 

Associate Fellow
Associate Fellowship is relevant for staff whose role in teaching and/or supporting learning is focused on at least two of the areas of activity of the UKPSF.

Fellowship of Advance HE is awarded to staff who can demonstrate that they have held substantive teaching and/or supporting learning roles.

Senior Fellow
Experienced staff who may have teaching qualifications and/or accreditation with Advance HE and who can demonstrate successful leadership, management or mentoring of colleagues, are encouraged to seek this category of recognition.

Principal Fellow
Applicants need to provide clear evidence of a sustained and effective record of impact at a strategic level in relation to teaching and learning.

For a visual overview of the various steps involved in the TDF process, take a look at the TDF process map.


For access to evidence-informed resources on teaching topics, have a look at our teaching and learning guidance and resources.  

Application documentation

Please ensure you use the LATEST application forms and guidance below. Also, please note that all applicants are required to submit a Registration of Interest form at least one month before their chosen submission deadline.