Teaching & Learning


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


Arena for Professional Services

For staff in learning support roles, including Teaching Administrators, Lab Technicians, ISD/Digital Education and Librarians.

If you support students in a non-teaching role, the UCL Arena programme offers you the opportunity to gain recognition for your work supporting their learning with a UCL Arena fellowship, accredited by the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

International recognition of professionalism in teaching and learning in higher education

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

HEA Fellowships are a form of international recognition of a commitment to professionalism in teaching and learning in higher education and demonstrate that your practice is aligned with the Professional Standards Framework (PSF).

The PSF recognises the variety of environments in which learning can take place in higher education and the diversity of professional staff who work together to facilitate and support student learning.

Central services and support roles play a vital role in teaching and learning development, contributing substantially to an enhanced student learning experience and student success.

The benefits of gaining Fellowship

If you successfully achieve a fellowship, you'll gain the following:

  • Professional recognition of the work that you are doing to support student learning
  • The application process will allow you to review and understand what you've achieved in your career to date and all the skills you've developed and contributions you've made. This is a valuable reflection that gives you confidence and can contribute to your career development
  • Get some letters after your name!

How to apply

Stage one: attend an introductory session

The first step is to attend our introductory session, ‘Gaining Fellowship for Professional Services: introduction to HEA Recognition’ (see our Upcoming events calendar for dates - you can filter the calendar by choosing 'Professional services' in the Subject filter). 

This workshop will explain the benefits of applying for UCL Arena/HEA Fellowship and what the application process involves. You'll start planning your application, whilst UCL Arena experts are on hand to provide you with dedicated support.  

Stage two: develop your application

After you've attended an introductory session, you can sign up to one of the regular ‘Developing your Professional Services HEA application’ sessions where you can receive peer and tutor feedback as you write your application.