Advance HE recognises contributions to learning and teaching

Academics in the College of Science, Health and Engineering have been recognised for their professional standing and achievements in learning and teaching by Advance HE

Academics in the College of Science, Health and Engineering have been recognised for their professional standing and achievements in learning and teaching by Advance HE (previously the Higher Education Academy).

Advance HE advocates for evidence-based teaching methods and awards fellowships as a method of professional recognition for university teachers.

Professor Birgit Loch (Deputy Provost, Learning and Teaching) was awarded an Advance HE Principal Fellowship.

Dr Janet McConville (School of Allied Health) was awarded an Advance HE Senior Fellowship.

Dr Aaron McDonald (School of Life Sciences), Dr Amanda Shaker (School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences), Dr Pam Harvey (La Trobe Rural Health School), Dr Jennifer Selkirk-Bell, Dr Jason Buccheri, Mandeep Kaur and Dr Terri Meehan-Andrews (School of Molecular Sciences) were awarded Advance HE Fellowships.

Dr Jennifer Selkirk-Bell, a teaching focused academic who helps to manage the College’s transnational science education program with PSB Academy in Singapore, said the nomination process gave her the opportunity to “reflect on her career as a whole package of successes, learnings and failures.”

Dr Amanda Shaker, a teaching focused academic in mathematics and statistics agreed. “I’ve also reflected on my approach to teaching, the outcomes, and what adjustments I might consider in the future,” she says.

“Thinking about my teaching in terms of the UK Professional Standards Framework helped me to place some of the teaching methods I had been implementing into a more scholarly framework and think about them from different pedagogical perspectives.”

Professor Birgit Loch (Deputy Provost, Learning and Teaching) said the scheme provides an excellent opportunity to gain external recognition for achievement in learning and teaching, “from the role of a reflective teacher to university or sector wide leadership.” "This fellowship scheme is particularly valuable for teaching focused academics to evidence their professional career standing beyond teaching awards,” she says.

This new cohort of Advance HE Fellows are members of the Vanguard and join a group of existing fellows.

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