Professional Development

Nottingham Recognition Scheme

The Nottingham Recognition Scheme (NRS) enables participants to claim recognition for their contributions to the University’s educational objectives, based on evidence of engagement with the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) in their teaching and learning support roles, as well as their continuing professional development activity.

The scheme is accredited by Advance HE (previously known as the Higher Education Academy or HEA).Those who make a successful claim can be recognised as Associate Fellow, Fellow or Senior Fellow depending on their expertise, scholarship and scope of impact. The NRS is run internally and there is no charge to the School or to individuals for taking part.

There are two routes to recognition: a self-directed route for Associate Fellow, Fellow and Senior Fellow for experienced (more than two years) colleagues who will be allocated a mentor; and a directed route for colleagues with up to two years of professional experience called the Teaching and Learning Development Programme (TLDP). The TLDP provides a supported route through to either Associate Fellow or Fellow, achieved through attendance at a required number of workshops and the submission of a claim through the NRS. Further information on the TLDP is available on the TLDP Moodle page.

The NRS does not include Principal Fellow recognition but guidance is available to support colleagues with a direct application to the Advance HE.

If you have any questions about the scheme, please email For further guidance you can also contact Jackie Cawkwell (NRS Director).

Candidates at our Ningbo Campus can also contact Sebastian Kozbial, the UNNC NRS Director, and candidates at our Malaysia campus can contact Jaya Kumar, the UNMC NRS Director.

Please explore the website by following the links below, according to your personal interest in Fellowship. Our events link will give you more details on upcoming NRS workshops and briefings.


Important Information - Remote Working

In light of the continued arrangements with hybrid working for the foreseeable future, the following should inform you if you are planning to submit a claim for recognition through the Nottingham Recognition Scheme:

  • We ask that you corroborate your claim with a teaching observation; this can take the form of an observation or a professional dialogue, where no face to face contact is necessary. Please consider a professional dialogue if you were arranging for an observation in the near future. All forms and further guidance are in the TLOC site.
  • Over recent months, we continue to have a number of successful claims in a presentation format. These can take the form of Powerpoint slides with an audio recording (voice over) and are reviewed asynchronously: we undertake the Q&A element by correspondence; OR you can deliver your presentation via a ’live’ Teams meeting with your reviewers present: the Q&A element is conducted directly after the presentation. 

We continue to consider written claims as we have done previously and outcomes are still being communicated within the 4/6 week period after submission for any of these formats.  

 If you were planning to submit by portfolio (AFHEA and FHEA only) Please contact Jackie Cawkwell directly by email.

Submission Dates - 2022/23

  • Wednesday 7th September 2022
  • Wednesday 16 November 2022
  • Wednesday 11 January 2023
  • Wednesday 19 April 2023
  • Wednesday 07 June 2023



Guidance for Submission

Comprehensive guidance and example submissions for candidates, referees and mentors can be found on the NRS Moodle page. To access this information, you will need to log in with your University of Nottingham account details. 


Current Fellow and new to the University of Nottingham?

Please visit the Advance HE website ; log into the My Advance HE area and update the details for your employer in the My Profile tab.

Professional Development

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Nottingham, NG7 2NR

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