Having taken on a position in academia in March 2015 I knew very little about the complexities of the role I was to undertake. Prior to lecturering I had been a Registered Nurse for 9 years and in some form of Higher Education since the age of 18. I have always had a personal love of education, being encouraged and inspired by my family despite not being from a traditional higher education family background.
I found out about the HEA Fellowship upon commencement of a Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCaP) which was a requirement of my employment at the University. For me, the process of application was a natural one and I found that consolidating my learning enabled me to demonstrate my commitment to my teaching role and reflect on my own personal and professional development.
I feel that as well as my professional practice exposure, I bring my individual personality and unique life experiences to my teaching. Along with a passion and a lifelong desire to share my love of the subject I hope to inspire the next generation of Nurses. Supporting their development through counter intuitive concepts and imparting my knowledge learnt throughout my own educational progression, but most importantly doing this with enthusiasm.
Joubert (1896) said ‘to teach is to learn twice’ which I found to be truthful as I am teaching things I have already been taught, but from a different perspective as a teacher. I am considering not only how to support my students but also how to develop environments to enable their learning and consider the best ways to engage them as learners.
Becoming a HEA Fellow has supported my drive and determination to improve the student experience through research and exploration of practice within the HE field. I have a particular interest on how social media and technologies can support wider social inclusion and as a fellow I feel that I can explore this with support and guidance from a pool of experts that are also part of the fellowship.
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