Doing the Fellowship helped towards affirming my identity as an educational developer and helped me to see that I was becoming credible in this role“.

Who is the SEDA Fellowship for?

Fellowship of SEDA (FSEDA) is suitable for individuals who lead and contribute to change initiatives in academic development.

Academic development-based roles are held by individuals who work in several contexts, locally and internationally:

  • Faculties or departments
  • Learning and teaching development
  • Further and higher education
  • Adult education and training programmes

How do you achieve Fellowship of SEDA?

SEDA runs an annual cohort-based approach to FSEDA. In 2023 this will run from March to September. Throughout the six-month programme, FSEDA Candidates are supported in developing a portfolio of work which demonstrates alignment with the SEDA Values, Core Development Outcomes (CDOs) and Specialist Outcomes (SOs).

Candidates will engage with their cohort synchronously through participation in webinars and writing workshops and asynchronously through discussion boards. The programme is designed so that participants can benefit from each other’s reflections, feedback and support as their FSEDA applications progress.

Mentors will be assigned to each candidate, providing feedback and guidance throughout the programme.

The Fellowship Scheme Lead will provide a reflective space where candidates can appropriately respond to the SEDA Values, CDOs and SOs while appreciating the context within which they work.

The 2023 cohort will run from October 2023 to March 2024.

SEDA values

Recipients of the Fellowship will have shown how their work is informed by each of the SEDA values, namely commitments to:

  1. Developing understanding of how people learn
  2. Practicing in ways that are scholarly, professional and ethical
  3. Working with and developing learning communities
  4. Valuing diversity and promoting inclusivity
  5. Continually reflecting on practice to develop ourselves, others and processes.

Core development outcomes

Recipients of the Fellowship are required to demonstrate how they have, within their particular context(s):

  1. Identified their own professional development goals, directions and/or priorities
  2. Planned for their initial and/or continuing professional development
  3. Undertaken appropriate development activities
  4. Reviewed their development and their practice, and the relations between them. 

Specialist outcomes

Recipients of the Fellowship are required to demonstrate how they have, within their particular context(s):

  1. Identified goals for academic development processes and activities
  2. Planned and led academic development processes and activities towards achievement of these goals
  3. Facilitated and led processes and activities to achieve the agreed goals
  4. Monitored and evaluated the effectiveness and the acceptability of the development processes and activities
  5. Identified any appropriate follow-up development process or activity.

How much does it cost?

One-off registration and assessment fee = £670
Recurrent annual cost = £47 (Fellowship fee) + £129 (Individual Membership of SEDA)

Note on withdrawals/deferrals: If withdrawing within two weeks of the cohort start date a refund less a 15% administrative charge will be made, after that the option to defer to the next instantiation of the cohort is offered and no refund can be given if this option is not taken up. In the case of exceptional circumstances the SEDA office will consider these on a case by case basis but a minimum of 15% administrative charge will apply to any refund.

Continuing professional development

SEDA is committed to continuing professional development. Individuals holding a Fellowship are required to engage in a regular CPD process in order to remain ‘in good standing’. For further details click here.

There is a register of all categories of Fellowship holders on the SEDA website.


If you’re interested in joining the 2023 FSEDA cohort, which will run from October 2023 to March 2024, please email the Fellowship Scheme Lead with a copy of the completed diagnostic form by 1st October 2023.

Fellowship Scheme Lead: Arushi Manners