Srinakharinwirot University (SWU) in Thailand has recently passed the milestone of having 100 teaching Fellows recognised by Advance HE. There are now 109 Fellows recognised at the institution across all categories, including one Principal Fellow, 60 Senior Fellows and 48 Fellows. SWU celebrated reaching the milestone on their University Foundation Day on 28 April, a day which marks the founding of the university in 1949.
Advance HE have been working with SWU for three years, helping them develop their academic faculty through training programmes and the Fellowship scheme. As a result of SWU’s focus on teaching and learning, they were recently awarded five stars for their academic development by QS, the world university ranking agency, with the highest rating for their emphasis on faculty development.
Advance HE recently awarded the 10,000th Fellowship outside the UK and there are now almost 150,000 Fellows recognised worldwide. The growth of the scheme has been fantastic in the last few years, a marker of the commitment to high quality teaching by Advance HE and institutions around the world.
Fellowships are awarded to applicants who demonstrate their teaching practice conforms to the UK Professional Standards Framework. They can be awarded through direct application to Advance HE or via an accredited programme. Programmes accredited by Advance HE gives institutions the power to award Fellowships to their staff directly following completion of the course. Advance HE also delivers programmes at institutions such as the Certificate of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (CLTHE), following which participants are encouraged to apply for Fellowship.
Dr. Pansiri Phansuwan, Vice President for Academic Affairs at SWU and PFHEA said: “SWU has a passion and strong commitment in teaching and learning skills development for academic staff such as the project called SWU-BEST: Srinakharinwirot University-Building Excellent Staffs in Teaching. We are really pleased to see a large number of our staff who have achieved Fellowship acting as coaches to provide support to their colleagues. With this approach, SWU not only builds a community with Advance HE, but also establishes a sustainable way of supporting staff in teaching and learning as stated in our philosophy, Education is Growth.”
Ian Hall, Associate Fellow and Head of Membership (International) at Advance HE said: “We’re delighted that SWU has reached this milestone, and equally delighted that they have been recognised by QS for the work they have done in this area.
“SWU and Dr. Pansiri are a fantastic example of what can be achieved when institutions have a passion and commitment to developing their teaching and learning and we look forward to continuing to work with them on their objectives.”
Fellowship demonstrates a personal and institutional commitment to professionalism in learning and teaching 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. Find out more.
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