College academics recognised by the Higher Education Academy

Seven academics from Swansea University’s College of Human and Health Sciences have been successful in becoming Fellows and Senior Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.

Dr Zac Maunder, Dr Sarah Norris, Michelle Anderson, Amanda Jones, Angela Smith, Catherine Williams and Mark Jones have all been accredited by The Higher Education Academy in recognition of their teaching responsibilities at Swansea University.

The Higher Education Academy (HEA) is a national body for enhancing learning and teaching in higher education (HE).  It aims to provide excellent learning and teaching guidance, supporting UK HE organisations with an emphasis on improving the student experience.  In order to support the professional development of academic staff and provide students with the best possible experience in higher education, the HEA offer professional recognition for teaching and learning. 

Fellowship of the HEA contributes towards the professionalization of teaching and Swansea University has been accredited by the HEA to offer Associate Fellowship (AFHEA), Fellowship (FHEA) and Senior Fellowship (SFHEA) of the Higher Education Academy, through three routes Swansea Application Route (SAR), the PGCert in Teaching in Higher Education (PGCtHE) and the PGCert in Education for the Health Professions (PGCEHP).

In order to gain AFHEA, FHEA or SFHEA, staff have to demonstrate a commitment to teaching and supporting learning and the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF), which details the core knowledge, values and areas of activity required of a teacher in higher education.   

Sharon Harvey, Senior Lecturer at the College of Human and Health Sciences and Programme Manager for the Education for Health Professions programme said: “For all those that have been successful in gaining AFHEA, FHEA, and SFHEA within the College of Human and Health Science, we extend our warmest congratulations.  These recent successes demonstrate a drive to raise the profile of teaching excellence within the College and the University.  This will undoubtedly contribute to a successful departmental Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) assessment over the coming years. Well done all!”