SFSEDA identifies me to myself as a member of the most nurturing professional community I have ever met.

Who is it for?

Senior Fellowship of SEDA (SFSEDA) is suitable for people leading academic development policy, practice or scholarship, who bring about institutional or organisational change in academic development and whose work has had a significant impact on the academic development community. This may include those in senior roles in institutions and would also be suitable for National Teaching Fellows (or equivalent overseas) whose work is in academic development, as well as senior post holders in SEDA or similar professional bodies and those working in the sector, such as an academic development consultant, in an independent role.

How do you achieve senior fellowship of SEDA?

Successful applicants for Senior Fellowship will provide a submission which demonstrates engagement with the Core Development Outcomes; the Specialist Outcomes for both the SEDA Fellowship and the Senior Fellowship, and demonstrates how the applicant’s work is informed by, and promotes, the SEDA Values.

Before applying, please contact the SFSEDA Senior Fellowship Programme Leader, for an initial discussion about the profile of your role and your past experience, to consider how well they are suited to an application under this particular scheme.

Core development outcomes

Your submission should include an action plan which covers at least one complete development cycle. It should show that you have:

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

You should also demonstrate that you have identified your current approach and capabilities, your future development needs and show how you plan to remain in good standing.

Specialist outcomes for fellowship and senior fellowship

If you are already a SEDA Fellow, then you need take no further action to demonstrate the specialist outcomes for Fellowship. If not already a Fellow, you must demonstrate both sets of specialist outcomes.

Fellowship specialist outcomes

  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

Senior Fellowship specialist outcomes

  1. Provided a sustained contribution to the improvement of education through academic development
  2. Given service to the community of developers
  3. Contributed to the body of professional knowledge and practice in academic development.
  1. Provided a sustained contribution to the improvement of education through academic development
  2. Given service to the community of developers
  3. Contributed to the body of professional knowledge and practice in academic development.

There is no single appropriate way to demonstrate these outcomes. However, we suggest you create a CV with commentary and annotations, which explains your role and shows how your role, your activities and your contributions to the community of developers link to the Specialist Outcomes.


  1. Developing understanding of how people learn
  2. Practising 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

How demonstrated: through a 2500 word reflective commentary, or equivalent, which shows how your work is informed by, and promotes, the five SEDA Values.

A supporting letter from an independent referee will confirm the relevance and accuracy of your claims in the reflective commentary and CV.

Before planning your application, please contact the SEDA Senior Fellowship Programme Leader to check eligibility for the Senior Fellowship.

Annual SFSEDA cohort

SEDA runs an annual cohort based approach to SFSEDA, which is designed so that participants can benefit from each other’s reflections, feedback and support as their SFSEDA applications progress. This model is a more supportive, time-effective and developmental model than operating individually. Specifically, the model is designed to support progress with your submission in the following ways:

  • By providing a timescale to encourage completion (this can be an issue for people in senior roles)
  • By nurturing a supportive cohort to provide developmental opportunities for discussing your ideas and reflections
  • By providing opportunities to help you better understand the requirements for SFSEDA

The 2022 cohort timetable will be published soon.

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 an exceptional circumstance the SEDA office will consider these on a case by case basis but a minimum of a 15% administrative charge will apply to any refund.

How much does it cost?

One-off registration and assessment fee = £670
Recurrent annual cost, payable upon completion of SFSEDA = £47 (Senior Fellowship fee) + £129 (Individual Membership of SEDA)

Continuing professional development

SEDA is committed to continuing professional development. Individuals holding a Senior 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.