The Getting to Grips with Principal Fellowship workshop is an invaluable opportunity for those who are thinking of – or are in the process of – applying for PFHEA to gain expert guidance and support in the process.
It will provide space for reflection and examination of practice as well as for discussion and feedback. It aims to support delegates to collaborate and learn from each other in their journey towards and beyond Principal Fellowship, and to consider their potential impact on the HE landscape in Scotland, and further afield.
This workshop will support those in academic and/or academic leadership roles and those who teach, lead and/or support learning in professional services to apply for Principal Fellowship; in particular it will enable them to:
- unpack PFHEA requirements to examine their own practice;
- reflect on their scope and sphere of influence within learning and teaching and the wider HE sector;
- consider what a successful claim looks like, learning from others in the sector; and
- contemplate the difference PFHEAs can and do make to the landscape of HE in Scotland, and wider afield.
The workshop will provide space for delegates to consider:
- Who am I? What do I do?
- Unpacking PFHEA: what is it really about? What aspects aren’t clear?
- Can I meet PFHEA requirements?
- What might a successful claim look like? What are the key components? What are the traps and potential obstacles?
- What about the advocates? What do I need to think about?
- What difference do PFHEAs make to the HE landscape in Scotland and wider afield? Could we do more?
- What’s next for me?
The workshop is designed for individuals who are thinking about making a claim against Advance HE’s Principal Fellowship requirements, those who have already begun the process, and those who are not sure if their current practice aligns with what a successful claim needs to evidence. It welcomes individuals who intend to apply directly to Advance HE, and those who are engaging in institutional schemes. It is tailored to facilitate focus on individuals employed in academic and/or academic leadership roles and those who teach, lead and/or support learning in professional services. It will have particular relevance for those from a Scottish context and is free for staff from Scottish Collegiate subscribers.
The workshop will be facilitated by Dr Fiona Smart.
Dr Smart is a senior academic in the Department of Learning and Teaching Enhancement at Edinburgh Napier University. She leads the University’s Fellowship Scheme. Dr Smart is an Advance HE Accreditor, a Princial Fellow and an International Consultant, a role she especially values because it depends on collaboration with colleagues who are also committed to the enhancement of academic practice in students’ interests.
Dr Smart is the Convenor of the Scottish Higher Education Developers group, has a particular interest in arts-based pedagogy and has developed an innovative approach which enables group reflection and learning called poetic transcription with a twist.