Professional Standards Framework

Mentor, reviewer and referee roles

Mentors, reviewers and referees all contribute to our Professional Standards Framework, by supporting applicants on their Fellowship journey and these colleagues are valued for their experience, wise judgement, advice and feedback, as well as for their time and commitment to the development of others in their professional practice.

Who takes on these roles? Colleagues - just like you - who will have many other commitments, challenges and workloads to manage, and will therefore appreciate that if any arrangements are made for meetings or if you have agreed time-scales for carrying out tasks, these are adhered to where possible. 

Your Faculty Lead will allocate a mentor and you should contact your mentor as soon as possible to arrange an initial meeting (alternatively, you may be invited to be part of a mentee group, where available). You will also have been advised on the role of both the mentee and the mentor; these expectations and roles are available in the links below.
At your first meeting with a mentor you will be able to discuss plans and expectations, so that both parties are clear on the contract. Generally, the mentor will offer advice to the mentee throughout the application process and discuss evidence, development and presentation, of the application, offer sensible advice and an independent perspective, but grounded in their knowledge and experience of the UKPSF, BCU and teaching and learning in HE.
The following link provides information for the mentee and mentor roles.

Applications on the experiential route of our PSF are reviewed by panels of experienced colleagues, from another Faculty. Some panels comprise both internal and external colleagues, as part of our Quality Assurance processes. 

All applications are considered by reviewers in relation to the UKPSF Dimensions and the Descriptor criteria for the relevant category. The process is that judgements made by the panel are recorded on the appropriate reviewer forms for the category, along with any feedback to applicants, and applicants are then notified of the decisions by the PSF team.

If you are successful, AdvanceHE receive notification of the Award and you will receive an email directly from them, explaining how to access your certificate of Fellowship recognition.

If there is a minor aspect of your application that reviewers judge as requiring attention, you will be recorded as ‘Award pending conditions’ (APC) and expected to have a discussion with at least one of the reviewers to address this; you will be advised on the time-frame to prepare and to arrange this discussion.

If you have not met the criteria, the reviewers will judge this as a Refer and you will be offered feedback on your application. You should then consult with your Faculty Lead to decide on the best way forward and aim to re-submit at the next opportunity.  

Can I become a mentor and/or a reviewer?
Yes please! We are always keen to welcome colleagues who have Fellowship (of any category) into our mentor and/or reviewer pool.

We offer initial training for those new to the role, as well as on-going training and AdvanceHE updates, at least twice each year. If you would like to take on one of these roles, please speak to your Faculty Lead, who will advise on the next opportunity to join our community.


You will require two or three referees (depending on category) to support your application and these are to be submitted along with your application. Please approach your preferred referees early on in the process, so that they are aware of your intended submission date and expected date of receiving your application; this will also allow time for referees to familiarise themselves with the guidance and template [available through the links below].

Referees should be in a position to offer a review of your experience, the activities and achievements you discuss in your application, and be able to comment on your most recent roles and responsibilities.

Referee forms and guidance documents