Teaching Fellowships

Advance HE Fellowship demonstrates a personal and institutional commitment to professionalism in learning and teaching in higher education. In October 2019 DCU became a member of Advance HE and formally launched a pilot of the Fellowship Scheme. Following the success of this pilot led by the TEU, 18 staff were awarded Fellowships. In 2021, the TEU opened the scheme to all staff and the first supported (online) journey to Fellowship was launched. This blog post by Professor Mark Brown outlines the DCU commitment to recognising teaching excellence through Advance HE.

More About Fellowships

Across four categories, from Associate to Principal, Fellowship provides individuals with recognition of their practice, impact and leadership of teaching and learning. Information on Advance HE, the categories, and application requirements are available on this resources page or view the infographic below.


The Advance HE Fellowship process enables you to think about your professional and personal development planning and is an excellent way to reflect on your strengths and identify areas for improvement. The process and application allows you to articulate your capabilities and increase your employability and progression prospects. The Fellowship certification provides a portable, internationally recognised, Advance HE-accredited recognition of your practice in teaching and/or supporting learning.

The Supported Journey to Fellowship

DCU’s supported journey to Fellowship is the first of its kind nationally and has resulted in over 60 DCU Fellows across all Faculties, the highest number of Advance HE Fellows in any HEI in Ireland. All new DCU Fellows were recognised at a celebratory event at the Helix in November 2021.



The Supported Journey to Fellowship runs each January and June. The journey includes workshops, work in progress sessions, peer review, and a private online space for discussion with exemplars and other resources. This supported programme to scaffold applications is offered by the TEU and Advance HE Senior Fellows.

Connect with DCU Fellows

Some of our DCU Fellows have generously reflected on and recorded their Fellowship journey. Learn more about achieving Fellowship recognition below or reach out to our community of Fellows across DCU.

Lisa Donaldson, blog post

John McMackin, podcast

Julie Bertz, podcast

Lisa Donaldson, podcast

Start your own journey to Fellowship

To register your interest for Advance HE Fellowship in 2022, please discuss with your ADTL/Head of unit and complete this form.