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HEA Fellowship award – congratulations

By Angela Young, on 11 June 2021

Many congratulations to Heather Chesters (Deputy Librarian at the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health) who has received the award of Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy via the UCL Arena Open programme. Heather already had the Associate Fellowship award, and the Fellow status is well-deserved recognition of her experience, dedication and commitment to delivering excellence in teaching our students.

What is HEA Fellowship?

HEA fellowship is a nationally recognised award which gives you formal recognition for your commitment to professionalism in supporting learning and teaching in higher education? The UCL Arena Open programme, which is free to UCL staff, provides a route to Higher Education Academy (HEA) / AdvanceHE fellowship and is open to all staff at UCL who teach or support students’ learning, regardless of role or job title, so it’s relevant to all sorts of roles within Library Services. There is tailored support and guidance available for Professional Services staff, particularly for staff with a role that does not include teaching.

HEA Fellowship – what’s in it for me?

The awards demonstrate your dedication and commitment to your continuing professional development in relation to teaching or supporting student learning, and can be great evidence for your CV or when applying for jobs. In addition to gaining you post-nominals, the process of applying for fellowship means you reflect on your teaching and learning support work and develop your skills, identify areas for your future development and enhance your support of students so contributing to the user experience. There are various categories of fellowship depending on your role and experience, including Associate Fellow, Fellow and Senior Fellow.

Our experiences over the past year in particular have meant we have all developed new skills and contributed to new ways of providing teaching and support for learning to our students, and have provided opportunity for reflection with lots of examples for you to draw on as evidence to support a fellowship application.

Find out more on the UCL Arena Open website, or contact Angela Young, who arranges support events and individual support for colleagues within Library Services.

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