Teaching Recognition Scheme - Fellowship Pathway

The Teaching Recognition Scheme (TRS) Fellowship Pathway is a structured pathway to apply for recognition of your higher education teaching and supporting of learners, that is accredited by Advance HE.

Upon successful completion of the TRS Fellowship Pathway, you will be awarded Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). 

Who is it for? 

The TRS Fellowship Pathway is open to all members of staff with teaching and/or learning support roles and responsibilities at the University. You must be able to provide evidence of broadly based effectiveness in substantive teaching and/or supporting learning role(s). 

The TRS Fellowship Pathway is not open to DPhil students or other students who teach. If you are enrolled as a student and teach alongside your studies, you may wish to consider the Advancing Teaching and Learning programme.

Is fellowship right for me?  

To find out if your teaching and/or learning support experience, roles and responsibilities is aligned to the criteria for fellowship, you may wish to complete the Advance HE Fellowship Category Tool.  

Please note you will be asked to share the results of your fellowship category tool as part of the application process. 

When is it happening and how do I apply? 

There are two cohorts each academic year.

To apply for a place on the TRS Fellowship Pathway you need to complete the TRS application form by the given date for each cohort.  If you do not have SSO please contact programmes@ctl.ox.ac.uk giving details of the programme you are applying for.


Deadline for applications 

Notification of successful application 

Programme Start date 

Claim deadline 


Applications are now closed

Thu 24 Nov 4pm

(7th week MT22) 

9th week MT22 

Wed 4 Jan

 (-1st week HT23) 

Thu 22 Jun 4pm 

(9th week TT23) 


Applications are now closed

Thu 2 Mar 4pm

(7th week HT23) 

9th week HT23 

Mon 3 Apr

(-2nd week TT23) 

Thu 7 Sep 4pm (-4th week MT23) 

How and when is it delivered? 

The TRS Fellowship Pathway comprises 12 hours of interactive in-person workshops. A small amount of pre-workshop preparation is required, and participants are supported by a dedicated Canvas site.  

For a given cohort, the workshops take place outside full term with the following term or long vacation giving you time to prepare your fellowship application and gain feedback before the claim deadline.    

Hilary term 2023 cohort workshop dates: 

  • Wed 4 Jan 9.30am-12.30pm (-1st week HT23) 
  • Mon 9 Jan 9.30-11.30am (0th week HT23) 
  • Tue 10 Jan 1-3pm (0th week HT23) 
  • Mon 13 Mar 9.30-11.30am (9th week HT23) 
  • Thu 16 Mar 1-4pm (9th week HT23) 

Trinity term cohort workshop dates: 

  • Mon 3 Apr 1-4pm (-2nd week TT23) 
  • Wed 5 Apr 9.30-11.30am (-2nd week TT23) 
  • Thu 20 Apr 1-3pm (0th week TT23) 
  • Mon 19 Jun 9.30-11.30am (9th week TT23) 
  • Wed 21 Jun 1-4pm (9th week TT23) 

How is it assessed? 

The application for FHEA involves submitting a 3,000 word written recognition claim, reflecting on your practice in five different areas of teaching and/or learning support activity. Alongside the recognition claim, participants also need to submit supporting statements from two colleagues who will act as ‘advocates’ and certify that their teaching and/or learning support practice is aligned with the requirements for fellowship.  The claims are assessed internally by the Centre for Teaching and Learning. 

What do I get on completion? 

The Teaching Recognition Scheme is accredited by Advance HE and on successful completion of the fellowship pathway participants are awarded Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and are entitled to use the post-nominal letters, FHEA. 

Is there a fee? 

There is no fee for the Teaching Recognition Scheme, but you should have an Oxford Single Sign -On (SSO).  

If you are a medical educator, a tutor based in the Department of Continuing Education or do not have SSO for any other reason, you may wish to consider asking your department or faculty to arrange a SSO for you. If this is not possible, you should be aware that you will be charged an administrative fee by Advance HE for processing your Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, AFHEA, award. This fee is 50% of the current direct application fee for FHEA.  

How can I find out more before I apply?  

Come along to one of the 30-minute online TRS Fellowship Pathway information sessions where you can learn more about the programme, meet programme tutors, hear how to apply, and to ensure this pathway is a good fit for your teaching/learning support experience. This is your opportunity to ask questions about the TRS.    

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