Following the success of two pilot schemes to support staff in their applications to become HEA Fellows, The University of Sydney has become an HEA Strategic Partner.
The pilots were the first part of a new initiative for the development of the University’s professional learning and recognition scheme. More than 30 teaching staff at different career stages successfully applied for one of the four categories of HEA Fellowship (Associate, Fellow, Senior, and Principal) through the pilots.
The Strategic Partnership means that the University can now submit its professional development and recognition scheme for HEA accreditation and award Fellowships. HEA Accredited programmes and Fellowship are aligned to the Professional Standards Framework (PSF), an internationally recognised standard for benchmarking teaching.
Professor Adam Bridgeman, Director of Educational Innovation said, “We are delighted to have become an HEA Strategic Partner. It has been important to us to run the two pilots and we are now working towards opening the scheme up to all involved in teaching. The HEA Fellowships have become a cornerstone of our work in rewarding and recognising excellence in teaching and educational leadership at all levels for our academic and for our professional staff.
It has been wonderful to see the strong interest of our staff in the PSF and to hear the excellent feedback from our new Fellows on the impact it has already made. The international benchmarking and connections that the PSF provides are key to developing the professional career development of our teaching leaders.”
Kathryn Harrison-Graves, Head of HEA Global Partnerships, said, “We have really enjoyed working with The University of Sydney and I’m so pleased that our partnership is deepening. I believe that HEA Fellowship motivates teaching and support staff, sending a clear message of a personal and institutional commitment to continuous improvement in teaching and offering a great academic experience for students.”
The University of Sydney joins nine other institutions in Australasia as an HEA partner. Last month, the University hosted 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.