From teaching and learning workshops to refresh skills, to taught programmes for qualifications up to Masters level, and recognition of practice for HEA Fellowship.

This page provides an overview of the HEA accredited GOLD. You can find guidance and application forms  and panel submission deadlines. The GOLD scheme is administered by Greenwich, Learning & Teaching, if you have any questions that are not answered below, please email us at

Important Update COVID-19, 24th March 2020

Please note that all face-to-face GOLD guidance sessions have been cancelled for the foreseeable future. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Published submission dates will stand and panels will go ahead as planned to the end of the year. GOLD Recognition Panel dates are listed below.
Please note that the existing guidance for a mentee to have an appropriate mentor (i.e. one with HEA Fellowship themselves or one who has undergone the GLT GOLD mentor training), secured and agreed before they develop and submit their application still stands. It is envisaged that the mentor will work with their mentee to support them in developing their application in the usual way. However, this support and dialogue is likely to be provided via telephone, email or video conference, rather than through face to face discussions.Initial support for any mentors and mentees is now being provided by email. Please email and your query will be re-directed to one of the GLT academics with responsibility for GOLD. Individual advice can then be given by them to mentors and/or mentees via telephone, email or video conference.
The HEA has issued guidance regarding the teaching observation requirement for an HEA fellowship application. The interpretation of the observation has now been altered to include a number of potential alternatives  for colleagues who are unable to have a live, face to face mentor observation. These alternatives can be discussed with a GLT academic to ensure that the right alternative is chosen to best align with the individual circumstances of the mentee.

If you are a new mentor please review the support materials for mentors available below. If you require further support in mentoring please email in the first instance and you query will be passed to one of the academics who support the GOLD scheme in the Greenwich Learning & Teaching team. 

In order for applications to be considered at any panel, all mentees are reminded that the Registration of Intent (RoI) form must be completed and sent to HR as per the existing GOLD application process. Mentees are reminded to complete the form and keep a copy for their own reference. Please note that a mentee can only submit an RoI form in agreement with their approved mentor. The RoI form should be submitted to HR by the mentee the the mentor CCed into the email to signify that the mentor is aware of the mentees intent to develop and submit their GOLD application. 

Link to Registration of Intent form

GOLD Recognition Panel Dates 2020

  • 20 May 2020 submit by 29 April 2020
  • 23 June 2020 submit by 2 June 2020 ( Additional date)
  • 8 July 2020 submit by 17 June 2020

The GOLD Professional Development Framework 2018-2021

The GOLD (Greenwich Opportunities in Learning and Development) Professional Development Framework provides a flexible route to professional recognition for all staff (academics and professional services), against the UKPSF, provided their role involves teaching or actively supporting learning.

It is accredited by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and recognised by HESA as a teaching qualification. The GOLD framework stimulates professional development through peer and mentor dialogue, by the sharing of good practice, and through critical reflection. It encourages staff to update their scholarship of learning, teaching and assessment.

The GOLD Professional Development Framework forms part of continuing professional development (CPD) and builds a case towards gaining professional recognition with the HEA. Staff can gain Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy at one of four levels: Associate Fellow, Fellow, Senior Fellow or, through direct application to the HEA, Principal Fellow.

For academic staff who have completed the PGCert in Higher Education (which is offered to all new staff at the University of Greenwich without any previous teaching experience in HE or recognised teaching qualification), the GOLD Professional Development Framework offers a natural progression beyond the PGCert in Higher Education. It is also aligned to the university's career development pathway.

Which level should I be aiming for?

There are four categories of fellowship in the GOLD Professional Development Framework, Associate Fellowship, Fellowship, Senior Fellowship and Principal Fellowship and separate GOLD Guidance download documents for each.

If you are a member of the staff with some teaching responsibilities or is actively supporting learning, such as a librarian, technician, learning technologist etc., or an early career academic with some teaching responsibilities you should consider submitting an application for Associate Fellowship.

If you are a member of teaching staff with at least 3 years full-time experience, you should submit an application for Fellowship.

If you are an experienced member of the teaching staff with leadership responsibilities (e.g. a mentor, programme leader, head of department), then Senior Fellowship may be appropriate to you. Director of Learning & Teaching, Faculty of Engineering and Science, Dr Kristina Masuwa-Morgan reflects on her experience of applying for Senior Fellow, here.

If you are a highly experienced academic who has had sustained impact at a strategic level, then Principal Fellowship would be appropriate.

The typical roles and evidential requirements appropriate to each category of fellowship are set out in the relevant GOLD Guidance document. You could also try the new HEA Fellowship tool that has been designed to assist you in selecting the category of Fellowship that is the closest match to your current practice. 

How do I apply?

All mentees are strongly encouraged to read and engage with all of the videos and resources about GOLD on before they consider applying.You will need to review the appropriate guidance document for the level of Fellowship that you intend to apply for. 

Application Forms, Fees and Guidance 

Associate Fellowship


Senior Fellowship

Principal Fellowship

Helpful video guidance

Mentor/Mentee common questions:

GOLD Introduction


Other useful documents and links:

Tips and advice about effective reflective writing: 

Frequently asked questions:

Sharing good practice and reflections

Professor David Evans, 24 Apr 2019: Senior Fellows: See One! Do One! Teach One!

Dr Dawn Reilly, 8 August 2019:Building the academic community together: the benefits of being a mentor

Dr Hyunsun (Catherine) Yoon, 20 Sep 2019: "Looking Forward by Looking Back": Reflections on the Senior Fellowship resubmission process*