Posted on 4 November 2014
Professor Simon Haslett, Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wales and Professor of Physical Geography, has been awarded a Principal Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).
The national body for enhancing learning and teaching in higher education, HEA Principal Fellowships are the highest level of award granted by the Academy and are bestowed on those colleagues who have displayed “a sustained, effective record of strategic impact at institutional, national or international level” and have a commitment to “wider strategic leadership in teaching and enhancing the student learning experience”.
Fellowships are awarded depending on an academic’s level of knowledge and experience, and there are currently only around 130 Principal Fellows in the UK.
Professor Haslett has an abundance of teaching experience and prior to his current position at the University of Wales, directed the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching at the then University of Wales, Newport. Until recently, he held a Visiting Professorship in Pedagogic Research at the University of South Wales, and another at the Swansea Campus of the University of Wales: Trinity Saint David. He has also been involved with a number of projects into how research and teaching may be linked in academic practice in higher education, and is a member of the HEA Future Directions Steering Group, a collaborative approach to quality enhancement in the Welsh higher education sector.
Commenting on the Principal Fellowship Professor Haslett said:
“As an academic who has been committed to continually enhancing the quality of the student experience, and to mentoring new academics, I am delighted to have been recognised by the Academy in this way and hope to use the status to further raise awareness of the enhancement agenda in Wales and beyond, and to continue to enhance the learning opportunities for students in our universities”.
For individuals, HEA Fellowship serves as an internationally-recognised badge of their success and is awarded to those who have met the appropriate standards in teaching and supporting learning in higher education, under the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPFS). It is a distinguished mark of quality, consolidating their personal development, and emphasising the professionalisation of good practice in their field of higher education.
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