A list of commonly asked questions can be found below. For detailed information please view the KUDOS Guidance for Staff Document on the Useful Documents page.

You can also send your questions to KUDOS@wlv.ac.uk and a member of the team will get back to you. 

From 1st September 2015 it will be compulsory that all staff applying for HEA Accreditation (Associate Fellowship, Fellowship, Senior Fellowshop) must do so via the KUDOS scheme. 

I am interested in applying for HEA fellowship via the KUDOS scheme. What do I have to do?

The first step is to register to attend an introductory workshop. You can book your place via Agresso Staff Self-Service > Course Catalogue > Introduction to the UKPSF and KUDOS Portfolio Scheme. Workshop dates can be found here with further dates to be added throughout 2016 and 2017.

Introductory workshops are compulsory for anyone applying for HEA fellowship via the KUDOS scheme.

What are writing retreats?

Writing retreats are to give you time and space away from your usual place of work to write your portfolio. Trained mentors will be present throughout to give you advice and guidance. Writing retreats typically last from 10:00 to 16:00, but you can come along at any time and stay for as much or as little time as you need. You do not have to stay for the full day.

You can book your place via Agresso Staff Self-Service > Course Catalogue > Writing Retreats D1, D2 & D3.

Can I have a mentor?

Yes. When you have a good first draft of your portfolio you can email it to KUDOS@wlv.ac.uk and request a mentor. The KUDOS admin team will then arrange a mentor for you.

What can I expect from my mentor?

Your mentor will look at your application and provide feedback when you have a good first draft ready. They will then look at your application one final time after you have responded to the initial feedback.

I am currently a Fellow of the HEA and am interested in applying for Senior Fellow. Can I do this via the KUDOS scheme?

You can apply for Senior Fellowship via the KUDOS scheme. The first step is to register to attend an introductory workshop.

What level of Fellowship should I apply for?

Attending an introductory workshop will help you decide which level of Fellowship is best for you. The levels (Associate, Fellow, Senior Fellow) are based on experience, not job role. To apply for Senior Fellowship (D3) you must be able to demonstrate successful co-ordination, support, supervision, management and/or mentoring of others (whether individuals and/or teams) in relation to teaching and learning. If you cannot demonstrate this then you should apply for Associate Fellow (D1) or Fellow (D2).

Where can I find guidance notes and portfolio templates?

All the documents that you need can be found here.

Is there a word count?

Yes. Word counts can be found on each portfolio template. Applications will not be accepted for review if the word limt is exceeded by >10%.

Do my referees have to be from people who are already fellows of the HEA?

Ideally one of your referees should be a fellow of the HEA. However it is not critical. The most important thing is that they know your work and can corroborate what you have written in your portfolio. 

How do I submit my portfolio?

When you are ready to submit, check that all parts of your portfolio are complete and send an electronic copy (MS Word) to KUDOS@wlv.ac.uk

What happens after I have submitted my portfolio?

Your portfolio will be blind reviewed by two internal reviewers, and also by an external reviewer if you are applying for Senior Fellowship (D3). A reviewer moderation meeting will then take place to agree a joint recommendation to be put forward to the KUDOS Recognition Panel. The Recognition Panel then meets to confirm decisions. You will receive an email and feedback from KUDOS informing you of the outcome along with some feedback.

If your application for fellowship is successful, the KUDOS team will register your details with the HEA and you will receive an email link to print off your certificate.

My application for fellowship was referred; does this mean that I’ve failed?

No. A refer means that KUDOS Reviewers and the Recognition Panel would like to see a bit more evidence of how you meet the criteria for Associate Fellow / Fellow / Senior Fellow. The feedback that you receive after the recognition panel will tell you which area(s) of your portfolio require more work. You will be invited to resubmit your portfolio when you have made the recommended changes.