Deborah Gill, Senior Lecturer in Medical Education and Lead for the MBBS Programme and Ann Griffin, Senior Lecturer in Medical Education and Lead for Postgraduate Programmes and Scholarship have both recently become Senior Fellows of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA).
The Higher Education Academy (HEA) is a national and independent organisation that champions excellence in learning and teaching in higher education. Central to this is providing academic staff with professional recognition, networking and development opportunities, and advice and support throughout their careers.
Deborah and Ann have been Fellows of the Academy since 2000 and this award of senior fellowship reflects their strategic roles to ensure that teaching at UCLMS is delivered in line with the HEA UK Professional Standards Framework.
Deborah says: “It is an honour to be awarded Senior Fellowship and I hope that continuing to work with the HEA will drive up standards in medical education at UCLMS. I am currently working with colleagues to increase the number of Associate Fellows and Fellows across UCL and particularly in the medical school and trying to convince my senior colleagues in SLMS that, although the application process is rigorous, a significant number of them are operating at SFHEA levels of excellence and should ensure educational excellence is recognised.”
Ann says: “I would encourage everyone to apply for this award. Making time to stop and think about our engagement in education is important. The process of writing and reflecting on my educational and scholarly activities was very helpful. Writing the portfolio highlighted the breadth and depth of my involvement in education, but more than that, it also helped me to set a future direction from my own development as an educator. The process is not at all onerous. UCL Arena run by the team from CALT have perfected the application process, so everyone should consider getting their educational skills formally recognised.
Professional recognition from the HEA is a marker of excellence and continuing professional development for educators, and as such, it is an important marker for external stakeholders of how seriously an institution and its staff take education. Because of this the implementation of the GMC Recognition and Approval of Trainers in Undergraduate Education policy at UCLMS will use HEA recognition as one of the ways of approving those in leadership roles in education organisation and delivery in the MBBS programme.
Mentoring towards FHEA
If you are involved in medical education and thinking about applying for Associate, Fellowship, or Senior Fellowship status then Deborah and Ann are very happy to mentor colleagues towards submitting an application. Deborah says: ‘I am proud to say that over the years I have supported over 30 colleagues in their successful application for associate or fellowship status. Some have needed more support than others but every one of them who has made a meaningful attempt has been successful. With colleagues in the SLMS Senior Education Researcher Group we have formed a support group to encourage those in more senior roles in education to apply for SFHEA status. So far there have been three successes at senior Fellowship. Information about the HEA professional recognition process can be found at
Colleagues from CALT also offer support for application through UCLs bespoke Professional Development Programme in Academic Practice process. For more information contact Ros Duhs at firstname.lastname@example.org