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:

  • the Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (LTHE) Programme - mandatory for Postgraduate Teaching Assistants.  All colleagues at the University of Exeter who have a role teaching and/or supporting learning are welcome to attend.
  • the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PCAP) Programme - for academics and others who have a substantive teaching-related role at the University.  PCAP is a probation requirement for most early career academics in the Education & Research job family.  For more information, see PCAP FAQs.

In the first instance please talk to your Academic Lead or Line Manager about which of the above is the best fit for you.

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