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.

Anil Doshi is UCL’s 1000th Arena Fellow

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

Application forms

All application forms for each category can be found on dedicated Moodle sites:

Submission dates

Monday 12 April 2021
Monday 14 June 2021