University of Huddersfield commemorates universal HEA Fellowship
- Published on Monday, 26 November 2012 12:12
- Posted by Vicki Mitchem
All lecturers at the University of Huddersfield are now Fellows of the HEA. To commemorate this achievement, Professor Craig Mahoney, Chief Executive of the HEA, presented a plaque to the university.
Four years ago only a quarter of the institution's teaching staff were HEA Fellows but now all of its 750-plus lecturers are, having met criteria laid down by the UK Professional Standards Framework.
Professor Mahoney said: "I am delighted for the teaching staff at the University of Huddersfield and, more importantly, for its students. They will be the ones who benefit most from this remarkable achievement.
"Our students enter university first and foremost to learn and we know from surveys such as the National Student Survey that the quality of the teaching they receive is of the utmost importance to them. To know that every student, whatever their course, is being taught by someone who has clearly demonstrated their knowledge and ability to teach is invaluable."
The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Huddersfield, Professor Bob Cryan, is delighted by the achievement. He said: "Every member of staff at Huddersfield who holds a substantive teaching role is now a Fellow of the HEA. Our new members of staff, those with less than 12-months service, are all working to achieve recognition before the end of their first year with us.
"Here at Huddersfield we are committed to providing top quality teaching to all our students in an excellent environment. The HEA scheme allows us to publicly demonstrate the professionalism of our teaching staff, which is something we are very proud of."
The University's Pro-Vice Chancellor for Teaching and Learning, Professor Tim Thornton, outlined the origins of the project to ensure universal HEA Fellowship.
He said: "We realised that the process of achieving Fellowship would be a very good way of encouraging colleagues to reflect on teaching and learning and to develop their practice. It is also an excellent way of demonstrating to students and potential students the University's commitment to and delivery of the very highest levels and standards of teaching and learning."