Congratulations to our new Higher Education Academy Fellows!

Friday, 28 September 2018

HEA fellowships

Big congratulations go to Obrey Alexis, Julie Young and Helen Baker for their recent success with the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

Julie and Helen (both lecturers in Adult Nursing at our Swindon Campus) have gained HEA Fellowships. While Obrey (a Senior Lecturer, also in Swindon) has been named a Senior Fellow.

It’s been a huge confidence boost and has reinforced my commitment to enhancing the quality of teaching and student experience in Swindon.

Helen Baker, Lecturer in Adult Nursing

HEA is an organisation that works around the globe to spread excellence in higher education. They promote best practice and recognise expertise in individual teaching processes, in order to improve outcomes for students.

We are thus very proud of Obrey, Julie and Helen, who become the latest Oxford Brookes academics to be recognised by this renowned institution.

Speaking of what this fellowship means, Helen Baker said:

“Preparing my claim for HEA Fellowship has allowed me to reflect on my professional practice since joining Brookes. In a busy environment, it can be easy to lose sight of how far you have come and so it was a valuable reminder of how I have progressed.

“Demonstrating I met HEA standards in 5 Areas of Activity also meant I was able to consider what I do well and use my current achievements as a platform for future learning. Fellowship has also allowed me to see my practice in the context of a standard that is internationally recognised. It’s been a huge confidence boost and has reinforced my commitment to enhancing the quality of teaching and student experience in Swindon.”

Obrey added that “I thoroughly enjoyed the process of gaining this internationally recognised qualification. I am now inspired and motivated to use my skills and knowledge to enhance the student learning experience on the adult nursing programme.”

Julie Young explained to us a little of the background of how she came to apply to the HEA. After completing the Postgraduate certificate in teaching in higher education at Oxford Brookes, it seemed only natural to demonstrate the expertise she’d gained by applying to the HEA.

She went on to say thank her colleagues here for their help, saying: “I received a great deal of support and feedback throughout the application process and I am thrilled that my application has been successful. I feel that it is a real recognition of all the hard work that I have done since joining Brookes in 2015.”