Pioneering scheme rewards leadership in learning

Friday, 05 April 2013


Oxford Brookes is pioneering a new way for academic staff to gain recognition for leadership in teaching and learning.

Last September, the University’s accredited provision for Higher Education Academy (HEA) Fellowships was extended to include Senior and Principal Fellowships, with the first tranche awarded in November.

The nine new Senior and Principal Fellows of the HEA came together at the Brookes Learning and Teaching Conference at the end of March.

The HEA Pathway Programme offers a supported professional development route and is based on merit, not competition. Using an approach quite distinct in the sector, claims for new fellowships are developed and evaluated through a process of peer coaching and peer review.

The Senior Fellows recognised in November are: Dominic Corrywright (Humanities and Social Sciences), George Roberts (Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development), Frances Deepwell (OCSLD), Simon Underdown (HSS), Marc Howe (HSS) and Fiona Gilbert (Oxford Brookes International).

Principal Fellows awarded in November are: Helen Walkington (HSS), Lyn Bibbings (Business) and Berry O'Donovan (Business).

In the past, Brookes staff have been awarded HEA Fellowships and Associate Fellowships by completing the University’s accredited teaching courses such as the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education.

The awards recognise, and are designed to improve, leadership and strategic development of practice. The next cohort onto the programme will start in May.