Accrediting Staff Professionalism in Research-Led Education

What is ASPIRE?

If you are teaching, supervising and/or supporting learning at the University of Exeter, the ASPIRE Framework offers you the opportunity to gain Reward and Recognition.

ASPIRE rewards applicants with both a University of Exeter ASPIRE Fellowship and the correlating HEA Fellowship against one of four Fellowship Descriptors: Associate Fellowship, Fellowship, Senior Fellowship or Principal Fellowship.

Routes to Fellowship

You can gain ASPIRE and HEA Fellowship through one of two routes:

1. either by submitting a direct application for Fellowship through the ASPIRE Professional Recognition Programme

2. or by completing one of the two Initial Professional Development taught programmes:


ASPIRE Development Seminars and Events are for everyone who teaches and/or supports students’ learning; both academic and professional colleagues.  

Academic Practice Network Blog

We are also developing an Academic Practice Network Blog, creating a community of practitioners who share good practice across the University.

The ASPIRE Framework is:

  • underpinned by a committment to professional development which includes peer dialogue and review, collaboration, learner feedback, scholarship, and academic practice literature
  • about reflecting critically on all dimensions of your role  focusing particularly on the fifteen Areas of Activity, Core Knowledge and Professional Values of the UK Professional Standards Framework