Accreditation

Distinguish yourself from the crowd and demonstrate your value to current and future employers by signing up to the Membership Accreditation  Scheme.  It is a great way to plan your development, achieve your goals and take control of your career.

The benefits

As a member of the AUA your post nominal letters (MAUA) are a sign of your commitment to, and pride in your professional identity. You can distinguish yourself further through our Accreditation Scheme which provides a clear path to take you and your career further.  You can become an Accredited Member (AAUA) or Fellow (FAUA) of the Association.  These recognise a deeper commitment to your ongoing professional development (and that of others) and acknowledge the impact and influence this  your professional practice.

Reasons to get involved:

Prove your dedication, professionalism and experience
Gain a personal sense of achievement and confidence in your ability
Stand out in a competitive job market
Embark on a clear career development path
Learn and keep up with the latest professional practice

Which level is right for you?

Accredited Membership or Fellowship?

As you progress in your career, you’ll start to develop your skills and knowledge and Accredited Member status recognises this development and the effect this has had on how you work. 

As you become a more experienced HE professional you spend more time supporting others and the impact of your own development reaches further. You can apply for Fellowship if you can demonstrate how your own development has influenced and helped others develop themselves and their careers.

Accreditation for PgCert graduates

As a graduate of the AUA PgCert programme you automatically meet the criteria to become an Accredited Member of the AUA. Graduates can fast track through the application process for a discounted administration fee of £20.

Criteria

To apply for accreditation you will be employed in the administration and management of an institution of further or higher education in the UK or Republic of Ireland or other such organisation related to further or higher education as may be approved by the Officers of the AUA.

Both Accredited Membership and Fellowship of the AUA are achieved by providing evidence of your Continuing Professional Development, Professional Reflection and your Professional Knowledge and Capability.  To achieve Fellowship of the AUA you need to in addition demonstrate how you have supported the Development of Others.

Accredited Membership

Criteria for Accredited Membership

 

 Accredited Member AMAUA
Previous membershipMAUA
Continuing professional developmentHave undertaken a minimum of 30 hours of professional development activities over the course of the previous two years.
Professional reflectionA 750 to 1,000 word statement demonstrating how your undertaken professional development relates to at least three of the nine professional behaviours of the AUA CPD Framework, detailing how you have used and benefited from this.
Professional knowledge and capabilityA certificate for any higher education qualification at a minimum of FHEQ Level 4, SQF Level 7 (not Advanced Highers), NFQ Level 6, or recognised equivalent in other national qualification schemes

Or a piece of work/report produced within your job role that demonstrates the abilities (1,000 words max)

Or a statement of evidence and examples that demonstrate the abilities (1,000 words max)
Development of othersNone
ReferencesOne
Application fee£35
DurationThree years from date of award
Resubmission fee£25
Resubmission

To renew your Accredited Member status you must confirm that you have completed 15 hours of CPD per year that has been undertaken over the previous two years.  You must provide a reflective statement (Max 500 words) contextualising your CPD against the behaviours of the CPD AUA Framework.  You can take this opportunity to consider applying for Fellowship.

Fellowship

Criteria for Fellowhip

 

 Fellow FAUA
Previous membershipAMAUA (except in exceptional circumstances by consent of the Board of Trustees)
Continuing professional developmentYou will have undertaken a minimum of 45 hours of professional development activities over the course of the previous three years.
Professional reflectionA 1,500 word professional reflection statement demonstrating how your undertaken professional development relates to all nine professional behaviours of the AUA CPD Framework, and the impact and influence of this CPD on others and the HE sector.
Professional knowledge and capabilityA certificate for any higher education qualification at a minimum of FHEQ Level 4, SQF Level 7 (not Advanced Highers), NFQ Level 6, or recognised equivalent in other national qualification schemes

Or a piece of work/report produced within your job role that demonstrates the abilities (1,000 words max)

Or a statement of evidence and examples that demonstrate the abilities (1,000 words max)
Development of othersYour 1,500 professional reflection statement, referred to above, must also include examples of how you have helped others with their own professional development.
ReferencesTwo
Application fee£35
DurationFive years from date of award
DurationFive years from date of award
Resubmission

To renew your Fellowship status you must confirm that you have completed 15 hours of CPD per year that has been undertaken over the previous three years.  You must provide a reflective statement (Max 500 words) contextualising your CPD, against the behaviours of the CPD AUA Framework and reflecting on the impact and influence your CPD has had on others and the sector.

Fees

 Accredited MemberFellow
Application fee£35£50
Resubmission fee£25£25

The application fee includes one re-submission of evidence should the reviewers require it. If your application is then rejected you’ll need to submit and pay for a completely new application.

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.

Apply

Interested in taking your HE career further?  To apply contact us.

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