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HEA Fellowships: Recognising Professional Practice In Higher Education At Macquarie

We are pleased to announce on behalf of the PVC L&T that Macquarie University, in partnership with UK Higher Education Academy (HEA), has launched a pilot HEA Fellowship program at the University. A cohort of forty academic and professional staff, drawn from the five Faculties, PACE, Learning Skills, Sustainability, Careers, LIH, MUIC, the Numeracy Centre, and the Library, has been brought together for the pilot, in preparation for a formal launch of the MQ HEA Fellowship program in 2018.

HEA formally recognises professional practice in higher education teaching and learning support, through awarding Fellowships to individuals in recognition of their teaching and support experience, accomplishments and practice. There are four categories of HEA Fellowship:  Associate Fellowship, Fellowship, Senior Fellowship and Principal Fellowship. Each is awarded according to Descriptors that align with the UK Professional Standards Framework for teaching and supporting learning in higher education.

The Macquarie HEA pilot cohort is made up of individuals nominated by their Faculty or by the PVC Learning and Teaching, who have been identified as having made strong contributions to scholarly/innovative teaching practice, to curriculum development, and to learning and teaching support and engagement. Active participation in teaching and learning professional development, and demonstrated or potential capacity to mentor and lead peer cohorts through future Fellowship rounds were also key factors.

We acknowledge too that this initial cohort (we’re referring to them as the “Vanguard”) is only a small representation of the many Macquarie staff who deserve this form of recognition. With the pilot necessarily restricted in numbers, we are planning two follow-up cohorts in 2018 – see the contact details below if you wish to lodge an expression of interest.

The benefits of HEA Fellowship include:

  • access to professional recognition that span the diverse expertise, experience and practice of all who teach or who support and lead learning and teaching, including sessional teachers and L&T support staff
  • internationally-recognised and portable accreditation of an individual’s commitment to professionalism in teaching and learning in higher education, that is an expected standard for university educators in the UK, and increasingly, internationally
  • demonstration of individual professional teaching practice alignment with an international professional standards framework.

We are now inviting Expressions of Interest in applying for HEA Fellowship in 2018 from academic and professional staff involved in teaching and learning practice, leadership and/or support at the University.

Please contact Karina Luzia karina.luzia@mq.edu.au to lodge an EOI or for more information.