Principal Fellow Writing Retreat

Expert analysis and feedback to those completing their application

 

The Higher Education Academy’s Principal Fellow Writing Retreat is an invaluable opportunity to escape life’s interruptions and progress with applications to become a Higher Education Academy Principal Fellow, receiving expert analysis and feedback in the process. Held over one day, the retreat offers the chance for staff to transform their rough notes and thoughts into an application that matches the strict criteria for Principal Fellowship.

HEA Principal Fellowship recognises substantial strategic responsibilities in teaching and influence within the higher education sector, showing that the applicant has met the external verification and accreditation process.

In-house Principal Fellow Writing Retreat

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If you are interested in our in-house training courses, please complete the enquiry form below and we will get back to you to discuss your needs. 

The information you provide will be held by the Higher Education Academy and used for general business purposes. If you provide us with your telephone number or email address we may contact you about our services and products.

 

Learning outcomes

The Higher Education Academy’s Principal Fellow Writing Retreat enables participants to engage in some critical reflection about their professional practice and strategic leadership in higher education. It will provide them with an opportunity to discuss experiences with others in the process of completing their own Principal Fellowship applications. The retreat also allows time and space to process thoughts and draft that all-important narrative for a Principal Fellowship submission.

“The Principal Fellow Writing Retreat is a golden opportunity to get away from emails, phone calls and other unexpected interruptions and focus on your own endeavours and the impact you have made on the student learning process, not to mention your colleagues and institution,” says Professor Sally Bradley, the Higher Education Academy’s Academic Lead for Professional Learning and Development. “We spend so much time supporting others, but rarely stop and reflect on our own achievements. This retreat gives you the chance to do that.”

Course content

The retreat includes a briefing on what becoming a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy entails, plus group discussions and one-to-one advice and guidance about completing your application. The day’s agenda follows a flexible format catering to the needs of those attending.

“The retreat is designed for you to take time on your own to flesh out what you think the application means to you, to receive advice about it, then to take some more time to compare it with others who are there,” says Erica Joslyn of the University of Suffolk, who attended a previous retreat. “It’s all about building an understanding of what you need to do for your application. What I ended up with – and what I was successful with – was completely different from what I’d started out doing.”

Please complete the form below for further information on the suite of HEA in-house training programmes, with printable versions to share with colleagues.

The information you provide will be held by the Higher Education Academy and used for general business purposes. If you provide us with your telephone number or email address we may contact you about our services and products.

 

If you have a question or comment, please send us a message and we will get back to you shortly.

The information you provide will be held by the Higher Education Academy and used for general business purposes. If you provide us with your telephone number or email address we may contact you about our services and products.

 

If you are interested in our in-house training courses, please complete the enquiry form below and we will get back to you to discuss your needs. 

The information you provide will be held by the Higher Education Academy and used for general business purposes. If you provide us with your telephone number or email address we may contact you about our services and products.

 

Who should attend?

Anyone who is a strategic leader in learning and teaching looking to attain Principal Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

Who will deliver the writing retreat?

The retreat will be led by Professor Sally Bradley, the Higher Education Academy’s Academic Lead for Professional Learning and Development.

Benefits

The writing retreat brings a number of benefits to both participants and the institution as a whole:

Benefits to the participant Benefits to the institution

An opportunity to find time and space to build the narrative of your Principal Fellowship application.

An opportunity for you to proactively invest in the continuing professional development of your staff, something they will appreciate and your students will in turn benefit from.

On-hand advice, encouragement and expertise ensuring that the information going into that application is the right information.

Demonstrates your commitment to learning and teaching by taking part in the external verification and accreditation process associated with Higher Education Academy Principal Fellowship status.

The chance to share ideas with others also seeking to become HEA Principal Fellows.

Held over the course of just one day, so as to complement your timetable and resources.

An opportunity to enhance continuing professional development.

Run at your institution to reduce avoid additional travel expenses.

Held at your institution over one day, so as to fit into academic schedules.