The Eden Fellows Professional Recognition scheme

The Eden Fellows Professional Recognition scheme is a continuing professional development programme, accredited by Advance HE, which supports staff to apply for Associate Fellow, Fellow or Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

HEA Fellowships are awarded by AdvanceHE, a UK national teaching and learning sector organisation, which oversees and manages the UK Professional Standards Framework for Teaching and Supporting Learning in Higher Education (UKPSF), through which individuals can benchmark their experience and expertise in higher education teaching and learning support.

Fellowship offers the following benefits:

  • Consolidates personal development and evidence of professional practice in your higher education career;
  • Provides a valuable measure of success and is increasingly sought by employers across the education sector as a condition of appointment and promotion. It is also increasingly recognised by international institutions;
  • Demonstrates commitment to teaching, learning and the student experience, through engagement in a practical process that encourages research, reflection and development;
  • For individuals, to identify their expertise with the entitlement to use post-nominal letters (AFHEA, FHEA, SFHEA, PFHEA)

The Eden Fellows scheme supports you in the process of reviewing your experience in teaching and supporting learning, evidencing this experience against the UKPSF and planning further professional development. It provides support for the following categories of fellowship:

Descriptor 1                Associate Fellow

Descriptor 2                Fellow

Descriptor 3                Senior Fellow

Senior staff interested in Principal Fellowship will be supported to apply through Advance HE's direct application route.


Associate Fellow 

Associate Fellowship is principally aimed at Professional Services staff who have at least one year’s experience and who play a role in supporting students or who indirectly support student learning, such as by contributing to the development of learning activities or materials or aspects of student support.  


Fellowship is appropriate for experienced Academic staff who may have taught at other institutions but do not hold Fellowship. It is also appropriate for Professional Services staff who have three years’ experience in a role which involves directly or indirectly supporting students and student learning. Applicants for Fellowship should also be able to demonstrate a research-informed approach to their practice.  

Senior Fellow 

Senior Fellowship is aimed primarily at experienced Academic staff who have a track record over at least three to five years of excellence in teaching and/or pedagogical innovation. They should also be able to demonstrate a research informed and evidence-based (scholarship) approach to their practice. A key facet of Senior Fellowship is the emphasis placed on the development of the professional practice of their colleagues involved in teaching and supporting learning through formal and informal mentoring and support, supervision and the contribution to teaching approaches at Departmental level. 

Senior Fellow is also appropriate for experienced Professional Services staff who can demonstrate a scholarly and evidence-based approach to their practice, as well as a positive impact on their colleagues through mentoring, support and co-ordination. 

Briefings and enrolment

The first step towards applying for a Fellowship through the Eden Fellows Scheme is to attend one of our briefing sessions, which are held throughout the year. The session still to be held is:  

Monday 4 March 2024 (12-1pm, Zoom)

Briefing sessions will provide an overview of the scheme and help you determine the most appropriate category of Fellowship for you. You can find out more through the  Eden Fellows Moodle site. The AdvanceHE Fellowship Decision Tool also provides guidance on which category of Fellowship might be most appropriate for you. 

Once you have attended a briefing and decided that you would like to apply for a Fellowship, you may enrol for the Scheme through our Moodle. Once you are registered, Eden will offer a variety of support to guide you through the application process. 

There will be two deadlines per year, one in December and one in June (please see Moodle for dates and information on how to submit your application). You can choose your own submission point based on your timeframe and priorities.

 Eden Fellows 2023/24 - Update January 2024

 We warmly invite you to register for a briefing session and/or support session for 2023/24 (more dates will be added through the year). In the meantime, please reach out to Alex ( or Ros ( if you have any questions about the scheme.



Date/booking link

Initial briefing - all categories

Monday 4 March (12-1pm) online

Developing your application - AFHEA & FHEA

Tuesday 13 Feb (3-4pm) online

Developing your application – SFHEA

Monday 19 Feb (12-1pm) online 

Writing retreat - all categories

Wednesday 20 March, 12-4pm hybrid  Please note, this is a drop-in session - you are welcome to attend for as long as you are able.

 The next deadline for submitting your application is 12pm on Wednesday 3 July 2024. Please email your completed application to


LSE staff awarded fellowship to date

We would like to celebrate the achievements of all our LSE colleagues who have achieved Fellowship since the Eden Fellows Scheme began:

NameDepartment Year awardedCategory
 Athina Chatzigavriil  Eden Centre 2022 SFHEA
 Lijing Shi  Language Centre 2022 SFHEA
Lourdes Hernandez-Martin Language Centre 2022 SFHEA
Wendy Lynwood Library 2022 FHEA
Laurence Horstman Eden Centre 2023 FHEA
Yally Avramhapour Management 2023 SFHEA
Mark Baltovic Eden Centre 2023 SFHEA
Emma Taylor Sociology 2023 FHEA
Fabricio Mendes Fialho International Inequalities Institute 2023 FHEA
Konstantina Maragkou International History 2023 FHEA
Sonia Gomes Library 2023 FHEA
Heather Kappes Management 2023 SFHEA
Marie Oldfield Mathematics 2023 SFHEA
Jillian Terry LSE100 2023 SFHEA
Ellis Saxey Eden Centre 2023 SFHEA
Nailya Shamgunova International History 2023 FHEA
Kerryn Krige Marshall Institute 2024 FHEA
Haixia Hu Management 2024 FHEA
Giovanni Graglia LSE Life / International History 2024 SFHEA
Catherine Jones Department of Health Policy 2024 FHEA
Jenni Carr Eden Centre 2024 SFHEA



Further support

If you have enquiries about the programme, please get in touch with Dr Alex Standen (

For any technical support, please contact us on


The Eden Fellows Professional Recognition scheme Podcast


The Eden Fellows Professional Recognition scheme is a continuing professional development programme, accredited by Advance HE, which supports staff to apply for Associate Fellow, Fellow or Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). To date, Eden Fellowships have been awarded to 15 colleagues across the School.

We recently recorded a podcast with some of our successful applicants who share their experiences of the Scheme, including the support they have received, the new network of colleagues they have made, and how rewarding they have found the process of reflecting on and consolidating their professional experience in teaching and learning.

In this podcast, Dr Alex Standen talks to:

  • Dr Jillian Terry, SFHEA, Co-Director, LSE100
  • Sonia Gomes, FHEA, Librarian, Library
  • Dr Yally Avrahampour, SFHEA, Associate Professor, Management
  • Dr Emma Taylor, FHEA, LSE Fellow, LSE100