PEERS celebration event

Celebrating the Achievements of Peers

The achievements of applicants and assessors for the first round of the University’s Professional Educational Excellence Scheme (PEERS) were celebrated at a special event hosted by the Leicester Learning Institute recently. The event was attended by some thirty colleagues from across the University engaged in the Scheme for gaining Fellowship with the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

Senior members of staff including the PVC (Student Experience) joined the PEERS Team in congratulating successful applicants and praising the work of the new HEA-trained University PEERS assessors.

What people said

This special event also gave staff the opportunity to share their experiences of the application and assessment process for HEA Associate, Fellow and Senior Fellowship.

'It was very valuable to take some time ‘out’ to really think about what I do, why and how. Writing the reflective account focussed my thinking on what I had achieved so far.’  (Applicant, Social Work)

‘It has made me better appreciate the value of application of specific pedagogic practices.’ (Applicant, Cancer Studies)

'I’ve made some very useful internal connections, undertaken some excellent CPD and been able to encourage a number of staff here to consider accreditation.’  (PEERS Assessor)

'It’s a great start to the Scheme!  Everyone can be very proud of their achievement and I hope they’ll go on to spread the word about the value of reflection on our professional practice.’  (Senior Manager)

Applying for Fellowship

The University needs to increase the number of its teaching staff holding an Academic Teaching Qualification which includes HEA Fellowships. If you do not hold a teaching qualification from the UK or overseas, you can apply for HEA Fellowship through PEERS. The next call for applications is Friday 26th August. To support you, the LLI offers writing retreat workshops to get you started on your application and to get feedback on your draft.   

‘Getting ongoing support that you are going in the right direction or prompt feedback to get back to the right direction was invaluable to me.’ (Applicant, Economics)

‘Reading the applications of others and receiving feedback on my own application not only helped me address some of the deficiencies, but also to further reflect on my teaching practices.’ (Applicant, Engineering)

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