AHE Fellowship

Making the most of your Fellowship

In December we will be celebrating the achievements of all of our new Fellows- and recognising the contributions made by referees and reviewers- at our Annual Learning and Teaching Celebration event.

In a year when colleagues have worked harder than ever to provide quality learning experiences for our students, many have also taken the time to gain valuable recognition for their work in teaching and supporting learning by achieving Fellowship though the DARTE scheme or by completing the PCAP programme (accredited at FHEA) or the Professional Practice in Teaching and Learning in HE module (accredited at AFHEA).

Achieving Fellowship provides an opportunity to stop and reflect on what you have achieved, how it was done and what the impact on others has been. But gaining recognition does not mean the end of your development as an effective teaching and learning practitioner. Giving back to the learning community who have supported you and sharing your work with the wider community are just two ways you can continue in your academic citizenship.

The University of Hull has awarded 123 fellowships in the 20/21 reporting period: 76 via the DARTE route; 26 via PCAP and 21 via the Professional Practice in Teaching and Learning in HE module.

As an Associate Fellow, Fellow, Senior Fellow or Principal Fellow your unique experience and perspective and your expertise in teaching and learning is highly valued. There are a number of opportunities to share your work, support and inspire colleagues and be involved in enhancing teaching and learning. In doing so you will enhance your own professional profile and it could be used in the future to support an application for a different category of Fellowship.

Some examples of opportunities through the Teaching Excellence Academy are:

  • Academy Blog: Our blog posts showcase work specific to the University of Hull and are available to external readers. Submissions are peer reviewed before publication. Case studies of examples of best practice from DARTE applications can be used to form a blog post and often need little refinement before publication.
  • Annual Learning and Teaching Conference: A great place to start sharing your work before you move onto national teaching and learning conferences via a paper, workshop, Pecha Kucha or poster. You can also get involved with the Conference as a paper reviewer, or by chairing sessions.
  • DARTE scheme: You could act as a referee for a colleague who is applying. Senior and Principal Fellows can also become DARTE Reviewers- full training is provided. Contact darte@hull.ac.uk
  • Friends of the Academy: This is a special interest group made of up staff in any role linked to teaching and learning at all stages of their professional HE career. The Academy consult with this group when considering new ideas and piloting new approaches to delivery. Contact teachingexcellenceacademy@hull.ac.uk to be involved.
  • Transforming Programmes: If you are a member of academic staff and are interested in becoming a panel member for Transforming Programmes panels- to shape and influence the University’s portfolio of programmes- contact h.ackroyd@hull.ac.uk 
  • Great Debates in HE: You could host a session on this seminar series which explores some of the burning issues across the HE sector
  • Workshop or webinar: The Academy hosts a range of developmental workshops and webinars where you could share your work across the institution.
  • Programme Directors Network: This network hosts themed discussions every month relevant to Programme Directors.

Whatever you choose to do next with your Fellowship- even if it just to use your new post-nominal letters with pride- you have joined a group of over 150,000 worldwide who have demonstrated that their teaching and learning practice aligns to the sector benchmark, the Professional Standards Framework.

What is the DARTE programme?

The DARTE programme has been running successfully since 2013 and was reaccredited by AdvanceHE in 2020. The University of Hull remains one of only a handful of HEIs accredited to offer all four categories of Fellowship- Associate, Fellow, Senior Fellow and Principal Fellow. We are also now working with Partner Colleges to bring Fellowship to those working in HE within FE.

Participants attend two workshops plus a 1-1 session to build up their application over around 6-8 weeks. Applicants present a reflective commentary on their teaching and learning experience, examples of their professional and development activity and case studies showcasing their work and aligned to the relevant UKPSF Descriptor and Dimensions of Practice. The applications are reviewed by an internal panel and external reviewer and certificates for successful applicants are issued by AdvanceHE.

Further information on the DARTE scheme is on SharePoint here: https://share.hull.ac.uk/Services/LTE/SitePages/DARTE.aspx

Catherine Lillie (SFHEA) and Stuart McGugan (SFHEA)

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