The Higher Education Academy (HEA) is working with Suranaree University of Technology (SUT) in Thailand to develop an HEA accredited CPD course which will enable individuals who successfully complete the programme to become Associate Fellows of the HEA.
SUT has been an HEA subscribing institution since 2015. Looking to provide opportunities to develop their teaching staff, the University is designing a CPD programme with help from HEA Head of International Services, Kathryn Harrison-Graves, and Professor Abby Cathcart, a Principal Fellow of the HEA at the Queensland University of Technology.
The HEA has helped to scope the course and is working with a small group of academic staff at the University, led by Associate Professor Dr. Prapasri Asawakun, Vice Rector for Teaching Development and Support of Learning Affairs. This group is in the process of applying for Senior Fellowship already and will support delivery of the course.
Associate Professor Dr. Prapasri Asawakun said, ”This is a really important initiative in the University’s work to ensure that our teaching offer keeps on developing and improving. The academic experience of students is core to our work, and a motivated and recognised teaching staff will help to underpin our aims.”
“The Professional Standards Framework is a great internationally recognised benchmark for HE teaching, and Associate Fellowship of the HEA is an excellent incentive for our participating staff. We are delighted with the work so far to deliver this project, SUT Teaching Fellowship Scheme (STFS), and we look forward to our continued relationship with the HEA.”
Kathryn Harrison-Graves said, “SUT is putting great deal of energy and resources into this initiative. The Rector, Professor Dr. Prasart Suebka met us to discuss his vision for the University, the CPD plans and to highlight his personal commitment in the work to continue to develop teaching at the University. We are looking forward to working with the team at SUT to help them develop a really imaginative and impactful CPD programme.”
The programme will be developed over the next few months with plans to start delivering courses from April 2017.