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Leeds Trinity Lecturers Awarded Senior Fellowships from the Higher Education Academy

Posted on 04 April 2019

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​Seven​ academic staff at Leeds Trinity University have been awarded Senior Fellowships from the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA), in recognition of the quality of their teaching and leadership.

Dr James Jackson (Senior Lecturer in Psychology), Kirstie Grace (Senior Lecturer in Sport, Health and Nutrition), Amy Lund (Senior Teaching Fellow in Journalism), ​​​Dr Ann Marie Mealey (Senior Lecturer in Theology), Catherine Rowlands (Senior Lecturer in Sport, Health and Physical Education), Dr Alison Torn (Senior Teaching Fellow in Psychology) and Dr Lisa Webster (Senior Lecturer in Psychology) are recipients of the SFHEA, which encourages university teaching staff to reflect on their experiences in leadership and learning provision.    

SFHEA recipients have to demonstrate their commitment to teaching, learning and student experience, engaging in processes that inspire research, reflection and development. It is recognised by a growing number of international institutions, and is increasingly valued by employers across the education sector in appointing for management and leadership positions.

Dr Ann Marie Mealey, Senior Lecturer in Theology and recipient of the SFHEA, said: “I am delighted to achieve the status of Senior Fellow of the HEA. The process has enabled me to reflect on my career development since I began teaching at Leeds Trinity as well as to consider how I have led Periodic Reviews and programme and module development in recent years. 

“I am grateful to my colleagues for giving me the opportunity to lead on projects related to teaching and learning in the University and for being so supportive of my application.”

Professor Ray Lloyd, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Leeds Trinity University, added: “It is fantastic to see the appointment of seven Senior Fellowships across the university. This success demonstrates the commitment of our academic staff to providing students with high quality teaching, driven by research, scholarship and practice. It is great to have these individuals recognised.  ​

“The recipients of the SFHEA are a credit to Leeds Trinity, their schools and students, and we hope that this will inspire more of our academics to consider applying in the future.” 

​​Ranked 12th in the UK for teaching quality (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019), Leeds Trinity University is renowned for teaching excellence and producing highly employable graduates. More academics from across the University are also in the process of applying, or awaiting outcomes for Senior Fellowship, which will be announced later on this spring.

The Higher Education Academy (HEA) is a national organisation which seeks to improve learning and student experiences facilitated by excellent teaching standards.