DMU’s Define scheme provides a route to Higher Education Academy (HEA) for all academic staff with options tailored to an individual’s needs and workload:-

D1 Associate Fellowship  Enables you to focus on particular aspects of your practice.  D1 is particularly appropriate for colleagues new to teaching in the sector, those with a limited teaching load or those with limited time to gain recognition.
D2 Fellowship Addresses the full range of your practice including course design, assessment, learning environments and your own continuing professional development.
D3 Senior Fellowship Covers the full range of an academic’s practice expecting through engagement with all aspects.  In addition to scholarship, you are expected to demonstrate a sustained impact of your practice on the work of other academics.
D4 Principal Fellowship  As above but demonstrating the national and even international impact of your work.

If you already have HEA Recognition, scroll down to the bottom of this page.

If you are seeking recognition, D1 to D3 can be achieved through Define.  The quickest way to do this is through an observation of your teaching through the pilot of the Teaching Enhancement Scheme.  Just send three possible dates/times (with at least two weeks notice) you could be observed on to the TES Team. If you would prefer to find out more about Define – DMU’s route to recognition – sign up to a Define Introduction session.  Colleagues with appropriate experience for D4 can gain support through the TES Team.

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As part of the proposed Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), professional  recognition of learning and teaching development is of increasing importance.  DMU has a target that all academic staff should have HEA recognition by September 2018.

If you already have HEA Recognition…

If have such recognition it is important to check that your HEA record states you are a DMU Academic.  You can do this by:

  1. Logging on to Blackboard and accessing the MyDevelopment community area from the link on the bottom left of the home page (
  2. On the MyDevelopment page, scroll down to read the statements regarding your HEA Recognition status
  3. If it correctly shows you have HEA recognition, you need take no further action
  4. If it doesn’t show the HEA recognition you feel you are entitled to (or wish to have), please e-mail

Alternatively, if you do not have HEA recognition you can secure this through Define.

If you any queries about the process contact