Auckland University of Technology (AUT) in New Zealand has become an HEA Strategic Partner.
AUT and the HEA have been working closely together over the last two years, and the University now has nearly 30 HEA Fellows at Fellowship and Senior Fellowship categories.
The University is working towards HEA accreditation of its staff development programme, aiming to complete their submission by 31 October. HEA Accreditation is a key benefit of the partnership.
Mark Northover, Acting Head of AUT’s Centre for Learning and Teaching said, “With a substantive body of staff who hold HEA Fellowship, it makes sense for us to build on our strategy to reward and recognise excellent teaching by becoming a strategic partner of the HEA and work towards accreditation.
“I think this is a great opportunity to support our staff in their continuous professional development with the added benefit of an internationally recognised Fellowship scheme.”
Dr Mark Jones, HEA Chief Operating Officer said, “We are delighted to be working with AUT. Our global community continues to grow, strengthening the opportunities to share best practice and innovative ideas leading to student success. It’s great that AUT will be a part of this community.”
A distinctive part of AUT’s work has been the development of the Ako Aronui Framework. This has been a project lead by a team of academic developers at AUT to incorporate Māori values into the Professional Standards Framework. The incorporation of Māori values is both a moral and legal imperative under the founding Treaty to ensure the indigenous culture is fully integrated into all systems and originations. It also allows the support of academic recognition with underlying principles such as Ako (learning and teaching) and Manaaki (respect and consideration for others).
AUT is the second HEA subscriber in New Zealand, following Massey joining at the end of last year. Both Universities joined the inaugural meeting of the recently formed HEA Australasian Strategic Advisory Board which has been constituted to inform and shape the HEA’s work to support HE teaching in the region.