Fellowship of the AUA recognises that you have developed your skills and knowledge, as well as showing that you have helped others with their CPD, and that your CPD has influenced others and the sector.
Our Fellows are able to use the post-nominal designation (that’s letters after your name) FAUA, giving you a distinct edge over those without it. It’s a powerful statement to your peers that you’re committed to improving yourself and helping others.
Introduction to Fellowship
The application process asks you to provide information in three key areas:
- Professional Knowledge and Capability
- Professional Reflection
You’ll also need to provide us with the name of two referees. They need to be people who can verify the information in your application, so someone like a line manager, mentor or close colleague.
It is important that you read the complete guidance before submitting your application. The complete guidance can be found in the ‘further information’ section below, and will provide details of each of the three key areas, what we require, how to prepare, and how your application is processed.
“Fellowship of the AUA is more than a title, or a few extra letters after your name; it’s a public and open statement that reinforces a commitment to personal and professional development within HE. Those in administrative, managerial and support roles within the sector are central to the ongoing success of Universities and I believe it is essential that we as AUA Fellows do all we can to promote and celebrate that fact.”
Kenton Lewis FAUA
Cost of Fellowship
The cost to submit your application is £45. This also includes the cost of one re-submission of evidence should the reviewers require it. If your application is rejected after the re-submission then you’ll need to submit a completely new application which will incur another charge of £45.
If your application is approved there won’t be any increase to your membership subscription, you’ll just need to keep paying the subscription which is correct for your salary band.
After five years you’ll need to renew your Fellowship status. Re-submission of an application will cost £45. Should you choose not to re-submit your application then your status will revert back to Accredited Member.
There are three main requirements to become a Fellow:
- Professional Capability
- Professional Reflection
The basic requirement for Fellow is the ability to demonstrate evidence of substantial and enhanced professional development activities over the course of the previous three years to a minimum of 30 hours. CPD can take many forms, and doesn’t have to be a credited training course. Examples of CPD include: attending an AUA event; attending an in house training course; reading an article that had an impact on your work; delivering a session at the Annual Conference; writing an article; job shadowing; mentoring a colleague.
Professional Knowledge and Capability
Professional capability simply asks you to demonstrate that you have an understanding of underlying principles and theories, and the ability to present, evaluate and interpret information. You will use these skills in most of your every day work and demonstrating them can take many simple forms. A
qualification at FHEQ level 4,SQF level 7, NFQ level 6 or equivalent will demonstrate these abilities. For example, a Certificate of Higher Education is FHEQ level 4 and an undergraduate degree is FHEQ level 6. If you do not have a qualification at level 4 or above then you can submit evidence to demonstrate these abilities, such as a piece of work produced within your job role, or a statement of examples.
To become a Fellow you’ll need to submit a statement (1,500 words) demonstrating how your CPD relates to all nine professional behaviours of our CPD Framework, and the impact and influence of this CPD on others and the HE sector. You must also include examples of how you have helped others with their professional development.
You’ll need to complete an online form which demonstrates that you’ve completed the requirements in each of the three areas above. We’ll also need you to provide the name of a referee who’ll be able to verify that you have used CPD to aid your professional practice.
How to complete the application
You’ll need to complete an online application form which demonstrates that you’ve completed the requirements in each of the three key areas.
The online form can be found on our Members’ Site.
To log in you need your AUA login details. Your username will always be your email and the password is the one you have selected for our website. If you aren’t sure what your password is follow the link members.aua.ac.uk/Password.aspx and enter your email address. A password reminder will be emailed to you.
There are five sections to complete on the application. Here are some important things and tips to remember:
- We would recommend you prepare all your information before you complete the application.
- You can save a draft application before submitting your final version, however once your final version has been submitted you won’t be able to edit it.
- The application form does not have a spell check or print option so you might want to prepare any text in a word document beforehand, to ensure your spelling and grammar is accurate and that you have a copy of it after it’s been submitted.
- Please ensure that if you are copying and pasting any text from a word document you have pasted all of the text into the application.
- You may also went to check any formatting (paragraphs, bullet points, etc) as it may not have copied over into the application form.
- Our application form has word count maximums so please ensure you are within the maximum word limits for all your text.
The application has been designed to complement our ePD – the electronic Personal Development log on our Members’ area. The ePD allows you to plan, record and manage your own professional development goals and CPD activities. Using the ePD will give you a great head start on completing the application form. For more information on the ePD visit the Members area of our website members.aua.ac.uk
There are five sections to complete on the application:
Here you’ll need to complete your name, email address and membership number. If you don’t know your membership number then you can find this out by logging into the members’ area of the AUA website: members.aua.ac.uk. Your membership number is listed on the homepage.
The CPD Diary section will allow you to input your CPD activity. Here you can detail each CPD activity and the length of time you spent on that particular activity. You can even upload evidence of the activity, so if you attended the AUA Annual Conference you can upload a copy of your certificate of attendance.
This Professional Reflection section allows you to complete the 1,500 word statement demonstrating how your CPD relates to all nine professional behaviours of our CPD Framework, the impact and influence of this CPD on others and the HE sector, and how you have helped others with their professional development.
Professional Knowledge and Capability
This section asks you to demonstrate the requirements for professional knowledge and capability. Here you can simply upload a copy of your evidence (either the certificate of your qualification or a piece of work) or you can make your 1,000 word statement of evidence in the text box provided.
Here you need to provide the name, email and company of two people you wish to be contacted to provide a reference for you. Your referee should be able to verify that you have undertaken, used and benefited from CPD. Separate guidance will be given to all referees to assist them in completing a reference.
What happens after I submit my application?
Once you’ve submitted your application it needs to go through two more steps for it to be considered a complete application. The first step is payment. You need to arrange to pay your application fee before it can move on to the next step. Payment can be taken by cheque, credit card or direct bank transfer.
Once you’ve paid we’ll then contact your referees to provide references for you. If we don’t hear from one or both of your referees within two weeks we’ll notify you so you can encourage them to submit your reference.
As soon as we receive your reference then your application will be complete and it will go to the reviewers. The reviewers will decide whether or not your application meets the criteria, and you’ll be notified of their outcome, normally within four weeks.
How will it be assessed?
Two reviewers will scrutinise each application and decide whether or not your application meets the criteria, as laid out below. If they can’t agree on a decision then your application will be considered by a moderator, who will then make a final decision.
The criteria which the reviewers and moderators will use to decide if you should be awarded Fellowship are as follows:
The required two references are included with the application.
Continuing Professional Development
A minimum of 30 hours of recognised professional development activity have been completed over the course of the three years prior to submission of the application. The hours of professional development are made up from recognised professional development activities that are evidenced.
Recognised activities are those that, in the judgment of the Assessors, are likely to contribute to the professional development of someone working in administration and management in the higher education sector and allied organisations.
Recognised activities include time given to:
- attendance and/or presentation at appropriate conferences and workshops;
- enrolment and attendance on appropriate qualifications;
- improvement in knowledge or skills as part of professional work undertaken. This might include, for example, time for reading to update knowledge, time for research to inform work being undertaken, or on-the- job time taken to improve skills.
- writing for publication
- formally recorded Reflective practice, such as might be seen in a learning log or a reflective journal.
The 1500 word statement addresses all nine of the professional behaviours of the AUA CPD framework.
The work explicitly demonstrates how the professional development they have undertaken relates to the nine professional behaviours. There is reflection and analysis of how they have used, and how they and others have benefited from, the professional development they have undertaken.
The reflective statement contains examples of how they have helped others with their professional development. The examples given are clear and unequivocal in demonstrating that the applicant has helped to develop others.
Professional knowledge and capability
If the evidence submitted is a qualification at a minimum of FHEQ level 4, SQF level 7 (not Advanced Highers), NFQ level 6 or recognised equivalent
A copy of the certificate is submitted with the application
It is possible to determine from the Certificate that the level of the qualification is at or above Level 4 or equivalent in other national systems.
If the evidence submitted is a piece of work/report produced within their role OR a statement of evidence with examples
The candidate has demonstrated through the evidence submitted:
- Knowledge of the underlying ideas and principles associated with their area of work,
- An ability to present, evaluate and interpret information and data relevant to their area of work, in order to develop lines of argument and make sound judgements in accordance with current knowledge and concepts
- The evidence submitted demonstrates a generally sound knowledge of the ideas and principles which underpin their work.
- There are very few if any factual errors and no significant misinterpretation of ideas and principles.
- The evidence is appropriate, making it possible to make a judgment against the above criteria.
- The evidence is generally well presented, with few errors in spelling, or grammar, and it has a coherent structure.
What happens if I don’t submit enough evidence?
The reviewers or moderator may decide that they would like to see some more evidence in either your Professional Knowledge and Capability statement, or in your Professional Reflection statement.
If this is the case then you will be notified of this within four weeks. You will be able to access your application online, and you will be provided with feedback by the reviewers. You will be able to provide the evidence required by the reviewers to support your original application.
This will then be reviewed again and a final decision will be made on whether to award you Fellowship.
What happens if I am awarded Fellowship?
If you are awarded Fellowship then firstly, congratulations! As soon as you have received notification that you have been awarded Fellowship status then you will be able to start using the post-nominal designation FAUA. You will be sent a new membership card showing your new status soon after this notification. All Fellowships will be officially presented at the Awards Ceremony at the Annual Lecture.
Fellows will continue to pay the subscription rate relevant to the salary pay band they fit into, so your subscription won’t go up as a result of this.
After five years you’ll need to renew your Fellowship status. To do this you will need to complete a maintenance application. The maintenance application requirements will be:
The basic requirement for Fellow is the ability to demonstrate evidence of substantial and enhanced professional development activities over the course of the previous three years to a minimum of 30 hours.
To maintain your Fellowship status, you will need to re-submit your professional reflection statement. As with your original application you’ll need to relate your CPD to all nine professional behaviours of the AUA CPD Framework. You’ll also need to demonstrate the wider impact and influence your CPD has had on others and the sector, and how you helped others with their professional development.
Should you choose not to re-submit your application then your status will revert back to Accredited Member.
What happens if I am not awarded Fellowship?
If you are not awarded Fellowship after your re-submission then you are able to apply again at a later stage. We don’t have a time limit for reapplication, you can re-apply whenever you feel ready. Any further applications will incur a new application charge of £45. You can contact the AUA Office if you would like additional help and guidance completing any further applications, who are available on 0161 275 2063 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you feel that your application has been unjustly rejected then you can follow the appeals process. Please contact the AUA Office for details of the appeals process.