Conference curtain-raiser to spread the word on HEA Fellowship in Australasia

Kathryn Harrison-Graves
2 July 2017

Kathryn Harrison-Graves, Head of Global Partnerships at the Higher Education Academy (HEA) delivers a session on recognising and rewarding teaching in higher education as curtain-raiser to the 2017 STARS Conference, 2 -5 July, Adelaide, Australia (STARS - STUDENT TRANSITIONS ACHIEVMENT RETENTION & SUCCESS).

Kathryn Harrinson-Graves explains, “We have long-challenged the notion of teaching as the poor relation to research in higher education. I want to share how HEA Fellowship, which is based on the Professional Standards Framework – a unique benchmark for great teaching in higher education - rewards and recognises teaching throughout an academic’s career. And not only that, I want illustrate how HEA Fellowship is a way for an individual and an institution to demonstrate their commitment to continuously seeking improvement to the student academic experience.

“I’m so pleased to have this opportunity to talk to conference delegates. That said, HEA Fellowship and the Professional Standards Frame work are no strangers to many HE colleagues in the region. We have almost 1000 HEA Fellows in Australasia as well as 10 HEA Partner institutions, including the from the conference host city, the University of Adelaide.”

The HEA’s mission is to improve learning outcomes by raising the status and quality of teaching in higher education. There are now 90,000 HEA Fellows in four categories of Fellowship (Associate, Fellow, Senior & Principal) Fellowship scheme is in operation in over 20 countries from China to the USA.

Later this month, 11 July, the HEA most recent partner institution, The University of Sydney, will host the second meeting of the HEA Australasia Strategic Advisory Board (ASAB). ASAB was established in February this year from HEA subscribing institutions and sector agencies in Australia and New Zealand to provide oversight of the HEA’s plans and activities in support of teaching in higher education in the region.

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