As the world’s largest single community for those engaged in higher education teaching and learning, we are delighted to announce that there are now 100,000 HEA Fellows. In honour of this fantastic achievement we celebrated ‘Fellowship Week’. During the week-long celebration we shared stories of our wonderful Fellows from all around the world, across all four categories of Fellowship, and heard from our first ever Fellows in 1999 right up to our most recently awarded Fellows in 2018.
We’re very proud of our global network of Fellows, who have been demonstrating their commitment to teaching, learning and student success for nearly 20 years. Stories were shared about the impact Fellows have had at universities all over the world.
To celebrate achieving 100,000 HEA Fellows our new infographic provides a snapshot of what a Fellowship of 100,000 people looks like. Join our global network of Fellows to demonstrate your commitment to great teaching and learning.
100,000 HEA Fellows
This March we are proud to be celebrating the fantastic milestone of 100,000 HEA Fellows.
Fellowship was established as a way of demonstrating a personal and institutional commitment to professionalism in teaching and learning in higher education. It has gone from strength to strength and it is now widely used in reward and recognition of great teaching across the HE sector.
During Fellowship Week (12-18 March 2018) we highlighted the stories of HEA Fellows. We featured blogs and videos from HEA Fellows, explaining what Fellowship means to them and how it has impacted their practice.
Do you have a story to share about #HEAFellowship?
Why did you apply for Fellowship?
Who helped and supported you during your application?
How has Fellowship supported your teaching and learning ambitions?
Why Fellowship is important to the first HEA Fellow
“For me, Fellowship is important because it shows a commitment to the process of teaching and supporting learning which compliments an academic’s affinity to their discipline. It also demonstrates to higher education learners our desire to achieve a level of expertise and currency in supporting learning as part of our professional role as an academic.” Chris Atkin, Professor of Higher Education at Bishop Grosseteste University and the HEA’s first Fellow
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Views from the Fellows
We are welcoming blog submissions from around the sector. Should you wish to submit a blog you can do so here. Here are some of the latest blogs.
Becoming HEA's first Fellow
I joined the Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (ILTHE) in 2000 as one of the first group of 24 members, and received my certificate as part of the 12 new members who were able to attend a ceremony in York to mark the first ILTHE members. In fact I can claim to be the first member...
Chris Atkin, Professor of Higher Education at Bishop Grosseteste University
On professional accreditation and making inroads in academia
Since I obtained my PhD and got my first teaching job at the University of Bath back in 2000, I realised pretty early on that teaching was what sparked my passion: communicating ideas, co-creating knowledge with students, instilling confidence in them. Working in such a research-led environment, however, it was not easy to find the professional validation required to advance and make a career in academia...
Dr Irene Macías, University of Bath
Further contributions can be found in our Fellowship blog area.
As part of #HEAFellowship week, we will be sharing some of stories from our Fellows.
Below is a selection of some of the stories that you have shared with us.
The positive effects of being a HEA fellow
By Ms Arti Kumar MBE
"The precise month and year in which I achieved my Fellowship has disappeared into the mists of time. As time went on however, it turned out to be a vital step in further achievements - a National Teaching Fellowship in 2005, and then a MBE in the Queen's New Year Honours list 2008, "for services to higher education".
I feel privileged beyond belief to have had nation-wide (and international) opportunities to enable the learning and development of students in the widest sense. I know they benefit from the SOARing to Success / SOAR for Employability process and pedagogy I've developed and authored, so they are able to integrate their personal and professional development towards success as graduates in a time of super-complexity. And now, in my retirement years, I continue to work with staff as well, in collaborating on projects wherever I can. Many thanks, HEA!"
HEA Fellowship and me
By Dr Clare Blackman
In the following video, Dr Clare Blackman, talks about how HEA Fellowship has had a positive effect on her teaching practice.
Supporting individual professional development
HEA Fellowship demonstrates a personal and institutional commitment to professionalism in teaching and learning in higher education. Across four categories, from Associate to Principal, Fellowship provides individuals with recognition of their practice, impact and leadership of teaching and learning, against the descriptors of the Professional Standards Framework (PSF). Fellowships are embedded in the UK and have been adopted by increasing numbers of higher education institutions globally, from the Americas to Australasia.