University of Leicester academics recognised for outstanding achievement

Posted by pt91 at Dec 17, 2012 04:28 PM |
Dr Alan Cann and Dr Raymond Dalgleish achieve Senior Fellowship status of the Higher Education Academy

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 17 December 2012

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Two academics at the University of Leicester have been recognised for their distinctive contributions to higher education.

Dr Alan Cann, of the Department of Biology, and Dr Raymond Dalgleish of the Department of Genetics have achieved the status of Senior Fellows of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA).

The Higher Education Academy (HEA) is an independent institution funded by grants from the four UK HE funding bodies and subscriptions from HE institutions. The professional recognition scheme contributes towards the professionalization of teaching, closely referenced to the UK Professional Standards Framework. This professional recognition is an asset recognised across the HE sector as evidence of expertise and commitment to enhancing and supporting the student learning experience.

The HEA works with individual academic staff, discipline groups and senior managers in institutions to identify and share effective teaching practices in order to provide the best possible learning experience for all students.

Dr Cann said: “Professional recognition in higher education has become ever more important with student expectations and competition among universities on the rise. As well as recognising the quality of teaching and pedagogic research within the School of Biological Sciences, this award also reflects well on the University by feeding into the public Key Information Set (KIS) data. It’s great to have achieved Senior Fellow status with the Higher Education Academy both or myself, and for my colleagues."

Dr Dalgleish added: “Students have higher than ever expectations with respect to their learning experience at university and meeting these expectations is crucial to student satisfaction and supporting their learning. Research is the driver for my teaching and I hope that my enthusiasm for research feeds through to my students, especially in the context of the innovative activities and teaching aids which I have developed to support my teaching. I am delighted to have been recognised by the HEA for my commitment over many years to improving the student experience at Leicester.”

Professor Craig Mahoney, Chief Executive at the Higher Education Academy (HEA), the national body which awards Fellowship against the UK Professional Standards Framework, said: "Dr Cann and Dr Dalgleish join a prestigious group of highly qualified academic colleagues from across the higher education community who have gained Senior Fellowship of the HEA. To achieve Senior Fellowship requires a great deal of sustained commitment and the ability to evidence core knowledge, professional values and diverse delivery skills well above the threshold of normal academic teaching. This is an outstanding achievement and we encourage other experienced staff in the university to explore the potential for recognition at this advanced level.

“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. Becoming a Senior Fellow clearly demonstrates a thorough understanding of effective approaches to teaching and learning support, which can only be of huge benefit to students and a great inspiration to colleagues."

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