When I began the reflective practice for the senior fellow status of the Higher Education Academy I bought an empty picture frame in anticipation of hanging the certificate in my office. This indicated two things to me: firstly, that I thought I was ready and secondly, that the recognition was important to me. I am grateful for having engaged in this reflective practice because, if I am honest, I probably would not otherwise have taken the time out to remember, digest and integrate the steps I have taken as I gradually developed my teaching practice over the years. Even being informed by pedagogical research, improvement of my teaching methods has very much been an experiential affair and trial and error has certainly played its part.
Become a Senior Fellow: developing your application online 23 April
Senior Fellow Community - Humanity in Action
Earlier this year, I was awarded Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy and I thought it might be useful to share my experiences of the application and recognition process to assist others who are considering an application. The Higher Education Academy HEA is a national body that champions teaching quality and focusses on the contribution of teaching as part of the wider student learning experience. Essentially, its mission is to improve learning outcomes by raising the quality and status of teaching in higher education. The HEA offers four grades of fellowship, depending on levels of knowledge and experience, starting with Associate Fellow, then rising to Fellow, Senior Fellow, and finally Principal Fellow. HEA fellowships are aligned to the UK Professional Standards Framework a nationally-recognised framework of guidelines , so receiving one is proof of good practice as well as important recognition for your work! You then simply complete the application form and pay the relevant fee. The experienced route applies to teaching academics or learning support staff who have gained relevant levels of knowledge and experience through practice and, for this route, candidates apply directly to the HEA for a Fellowship.
HEA Fellowship: Recognising commitment to professionalism in higher education
By applying to be a Senior Fellow of HEA you will present a thorough understanding of effective approaches to teaching and learning support as a key contribution to high quality student learning. You should be able to provide evidence of:. Such individuals are likely to lead or be members of established academic teams. Typically, those likely to be eligible to apply for Senior Fellowship are:.
The beginnings were not easy as the courses did not maintain an inclusive environment for international students, and did not meet the challenges and opportunities associated with an increasingly international student body. When I was first asked to analyse the existing EAP programme at UCA in , I felt that the content of the course did not seek to celebrate the internationalisation of our learning community and it did not take full advantage of the opportunities it presented. What was needed was a curriculum that would provide a platform for different viewpoints, different ideas and multiple perspectives in relation to knowledge and pedagogical practice Ryan,