Twenty-three staff at the University of Sydney have been awarded HEA Fellowships, including five Principal Fellowships, in recognition of their teaching success.
The University of Sydney’s Education Portfolio supported the applications, which included Fellowship writing workshops led remotely by Kathryn Harrison-Graves, Head of HEA Global Partnerships, as a pilot for the University to learn more about the application process and success rates, and gain feedback from staff on the process.
The 23 new Fellows celebrated their Fellowship earlier this month where they also had a chance to meet other HEA Fellows at the University who had gained their Fellowships previously at other universities. There are now more than 30 HEA Fellows at the University.
Professor Pip Pattison Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) said, “It is wonderful to see so many of our outstanding educators recognised in this way. We know they are great teachers, but Fellowship provides an internationally recognised level of certification to that judgment.”
Professor Manju Sharma, from the Faculty of Science and one of the new HEA Principal Fellows, said, “Perhaps the most rewarding part of my work is supporting the next generation of university teachers in using active approaches and witnessing increasing numbers of students more engaged in their own learning.”
She continued, “Definitely the University of Sydney’s support of the HEA scheme clearly indicates that teaching is valued, and colleagues can strive to excel and gain international recognition of teaching.”
Speaking for the HEA, Kathryn Harrison-Graves said, ”It was great working with colleagues at the University of Sydney and I’m sure this group will be fantastic ambassadors for the value of reflective practice and recognising great teaching. The motivation for all of us is that students have a great experience in higher education, and excellent teaching is core to making that happen.”
A further group of staff at the University is expected to apply for HEA Fellowship this year.
The HEA has over 87,000 Fellows. Earlier this year, the HEA established the ‘HEA Australasian Strategic Advisory Board’ (ASAB) from its subscribing institutions in Australia and New Zealand to provide oversight of its plans and activities in support of teaching in higher education in the region.