Application Overview

You can join Beacon at any time by emailing 

The process for making an application is set out below:


One of the first things that you will need to do is sign up for an Orientation Workshop. These workshops are designed to give you an introduction to Beacon and to the UK Professional Standards Framework that underpins the scheme and sets the criteria for achieving Fellowship. At these workshops you will be assisted in deciding which category of Fellowship you will apply for and we will offer you some initial advice and support in the writing of your application.

Once you have attended an Orientation Workshop you will be invited to submit an expression of interest form indicating which level of Fellowship you are intending to apply for and which submission date and assessment panel you are working towards. Once you have done this you will be enrolled on a Beacon Canvas site that will give you access to the application forms to complete, resources to support you in the writing of your application and a discussion page where you can share ideas with other participants in the scheme.

You will also be invited to attend a Writing Workshop after your initial orientation which will provide you with an opportunity to work on your application and get peer feedback on your progress. These workshops are facilitated sessions that offer time and space to work on your application, discuss ideas and challenges and review drafts.

We also aim to provide every applicant with a mentor. The mentors are all existing Fellows and Senior Fellows of the HEA who can provide additional guidance on completing the forms and share their own experiences of applying for Fellowship. 

We add new dates to the schedule of Orientation and Writing Workshops throughout the year. If you want to be kept up to date with new opportunities please leave your details with our administration team at

If you are one of a number of colleagues within a department who are interested in joining Beacon it may be possible to organise bespoke workshops where there are sufficient numbers. To find out  more about this please look at the page that provides information for course teams.