There are currently three SDF Fellowship Routes: Honorary Fellow, Fellow and Associate Fellow. SDF Fellowship is designed to acknowledge exceptional contribution to professional practice for staff and organisational developers working in the HE sector.

The SDF philosophy is that Fellowship should recognise a significant contribution to the profession and its community rather than a time-served or status driven approach and is therefore open to all those who can provide evidence which meets the principles.

It is our ambition that SDF Fellowship will become the sector standard for Staff and Organisational Developers.

How does it work?

Those applying will be required to submit a portfolio of evidence with a personal testimony of between 2000-2500 words; this testimony is the core of the submission. A brief CV must be provided and any supporting documentation or web links which should be limited to a few key pages.  On registration, applicants will be offered the optional support of an adviser to help them prepare their submission. We strongly recommend that applicants take up this offer.

The portfolio of evidence should be a reflective piece and is not expected to place an onerous task on applicants but should be rigorous in its reference to the three Principles upon which Fellowship status will be determined.  Please note that each of the principles must be met.  The Fellowship Panel will expect to see at least three different examples of evidence in the Portfolio (that is a distinct piece of evidence for each of the principles) and this evidence should largely come from the last three years.

SDF Fellow: Principles

1)          Demonstrate a leadership contribution to the development and delivery of institutional staff and organisational development policy, strategy and practice;

2)          Evidence a significant contribution to at least one specialist area of expertise and practice within staff and organisation development;

3)          Demonstrate a significant engagement, commitment and continuing contribution to the profession as a whole by contributing to policy formulation and professional practice beyond their institutional boundary at regional, national or international level.

SDF Associate Fellow: Principles

1)      Demonstrate an extensive contribution to the design and delivery of staff and organisational development at a departmental/sectional level or beyond.

2)      Evidence an effective contribution to the development of at least one specialist area of expertise and practice within the administration or delivery of staff and organisational development.

3)      Demonstrate an active commitment to your own continuing professional development and an involvement with the broader staff development community.

How much would I or my Institution need to pay?

A one-off fee of £220 for SDF Fellow and £180 for SDF Associate Fellow per person would be charged to cover registration, adviser support and assessment.

If I am interested what should I do now?

If you wish to apply please email Becky Robson, SDF National Coordinator (becky.robson@sdf.ac.uk).

Honorary SDF Fellowship

In addition to the SDF Fellowship by application process the Advisory Council has also approved a process for awarding Honorary Fellowship of SDF.  The purpose of the SDF Honorary Fellowship Scheme is to recognise those people in the Staff Development community who have self-evidently over a number of years made a major contribution  to staff development practice in the HE sector,  and have also served members of the community as peers, supporters, advocates and valued colleagues.

Our intention is that those colleagues recognised as Fellows will be presented at the SDF’s Spring Conference in Edinburgh

This is a wonderful opportunity to participate in raising the profile and professional credibility of the SDF and its constituent community.

Check out our Fellowship profiles: SDF Honorary FellowsSDF Fellows and SDF Associate Fellows


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