I currently work at Bangor University as a Lecturer in Healthcare Sciences (Mental Health). I’m also the Director of Equality and Diversity for the School of Healthcare Sciences. Prior to this I worked at Llandrillo College in Rhos-on-Sea.
I found out about the HEA Fellowship when a couple of previous colleagues successfully achieved theirs. I then discussed it at my Performance Development Review, where I was encouraged to aim for Senior Fellowship, and attended one of the introductory sessions. This session described the process clearly and from this I decided to apply.
My mentor and the Head of School were both supportive of my application, supplying a reference and letter of support respectively. At the start of the process I was encouraged by my mentor to take a step back and reflect on my academic career to date, and allow the narrative to develop naturally from there. It was good advice. I then attended the support sessions and found these really helpful. I also got quick responses to my last minute ‘panic’ emails prior to submission!
Going through the process has enabled me to reflect on my achievements to date and provide a thinking point with regards to how I want to develop. To have my application accepted provides recognition of a lot of hard work. My approach to teaching has always been focussed on building relationships, being creative, and challenging students to think differently. This was also my approach to working with children and young people as a Mental Health Nurse, prior to starting my teaching career. Not everything works each time, but trust, enthusiasm, genuineness and sometimes a bit of humour can increase engagement.
Being part of the HEA Fellowship has strengthened my belief in my approach to teaching, which is important in order to keep focussed and confident to try new ideas.
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