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Professional Standards Framework (PSF)

Professional Standards Framework


What is the PSF?

According to Advance HE, the PSF "is a framework used in many parts of the world to support and recognise staff development and benchmark success in teaching and learning in higher education."

It is a set of standards and principles that exists to enhance the quality of teaching and learning in HE..

ADC and the PSF

The PSF is a set of sector-owned professional standards describing what we do, what we know and what we value in our learning and teaching work. The PSF informs the content of ADC's courses, as well as our pedagogical approach. As such, achieving HEA Fellowship is contingent on demonstrating engagement with the framework.

Which version is ADC using?

We are currently using the 2011 version of the PSF. 

The recently launched 2023 version will be adopted from September 2024. We will release more details about this transition next academic year.

Advance HE's guidance on the transition process to the new version can be found here.