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Context statement

What is the context statement?

context statement is a text that briefly introduces yourself and outlines your role/s and responsibilities in teaching and/or supporting learning in higher education.

You are asked to submit a draft context statement upon enrolment in one of our EFS Reflection on Experience (REx) pathway groups, to help us match you to an EFS mentor. Your mentor will be sent this text so that they can better support you in drawing out and mapping out content for your application.

You can rework your draft context statement throughout your time in the REx pathway, and the final version will become the first text in your application for Advance HE Fellowship. At this point, it will help the assessors understand the nature of your work and the context in which you practice, before they look at the evidence you provide in the remainder of your application.

Note that the context statement provides the background to your practice, and is not assessed against the Professional Standards Framework (PSF). Therefore, you do not need to link the information in your context statement to the PSF. This also means that the context statement cannot be used to provide supplementary information that would add evidence of effective practice to your application for Fellowship; in other words, it cannot be used to extend the word limit of the other application components.

How do I write a context statement?

In no more than 400 words, your ‘context statement’ should:

  • provide a brief summary of your teaching and/or support of learning experience, including the context in which you currently work, and your current role and responsibilities in teaching and/or supporting learning. Please identify the type and location of institution/s you have worked for, but keep it brief and relevant to your role. Do not include information about the history and prestige of the institution/s, as your application is about you and your practice;
  • identify the learners that you have worked with: for example, the level of study (e.g. year of study, undergraduate, postgraduate, etc.), programs/units of study, discipline/specialist area of work, number and types of learners (note that learners can be colleagues as well), etc. For Senior Fellowship, your work with students may be more indirect, as you may work more closely with colleagues/ teams/ external organisations/ professional bodies/ etc.; in which case you identify these aspects of your work.
  • identify any relevant work with colleagues/ external groups/ other organisations that you plan to include and discuss in your application. For Senior Fellows, this should highlight coordination, supervision, management and/or mentoring of others relating to learning and teaching;
  • focus on your current or recent practice, i.e. within the last five years (adjusting for career interruptions).

Please remember that your application for Fellowship is based on your higher education practice; if you have worked in other teacher or learning roles outside of higher education, you should not include this in your context statement or your EFS application.

How do I submit my draft context statement?

Using the template, attach your draft context statement to the ‘EFS program enrolment form’ by the deadline. If you have any questions, please email us at

Context statement examples

Here are some examples of what a paragraph in the context statement might look like. Note that for a Senior Fellowship application, your context statement should highlight coordination, supervision, management and/or mentoring of others relating to learning and teaching.