Teaching & Learning


Initiatives and resources supporting the objectives of UCL's Education Strategy 2016-21


Gaining fellowship

Colleagues who teach, supervise, assess or support students’ learning, in any role, can gain recognition for their teaching with a UCL Arena fellowship, accredited by the Higher Education Academy.

UCL Arena Open gives experienced staff the opportunity to gain both a UCL Arena Fellowship and the corresponding HEA Fellowship in one of four categories:

  • Associate Fellowship
  • Fellowship
  • Senior Fellowship
  • Principal Fellowship

These awards are made on the basis of your successful experience of teaching, supporting students’ learning or leading an aspect of education at UCL.

Before you submit an application

You should attend an initial guidance session and developing your application session before you submit an application for Arena Open.

Initial guidance sessions are an informal opportunity to learn more about how to choose the appropriate Fellowship Descriptor and how to plan your application.

For staff who have been to an ‘Initial Guidance’ session and need feedback on their draft applications, developing your application sessions offer advice on the development of your case studies and give you the chance to discuss how to select examples of your work and write case studies which provide evidence of attainment of the appropriate Descriptor.

Once you’ve attended UCL Arena events which relate to your teaching, supervision, student support or leadership role, you can apply for one of the categories of Fellowship by submitting a written or multi-modal application to an internal panel of academic and professional assessors.

Read about Dr Lilian Schofield's experience, recently awarded UCL's 500th Arena Fellowship.

Go to our upcoming events calendar to find the right session for you.

Submission dates

  • Monday 13 May 2019

  • Monday 24 June 2019

  • Monday 23rd September 2019

  • Monday 28th October 2019

  • Monday 13th January 2020

  • Monday 16th March 2020

  • Monday 5th May 2020

  • 22nd June 2020