To demonstrate the commitment to degree-level learning highlighted by the newly recognised University Centre status across The Bedford College Group, more than 20 staff are applying for Fellowships with Advance HE, formerly known as the Higher Education Academy.
Leading is Alex Mortby, Director of Higher Education, who was the first within The Bedford College Group (TBCG) to become a Principal Fellow.
More than 20 colleagues began the process applying for Fellowship or Senior Fellowship status at a special event held at the Bedford campus on June 29th 2022.
“We want to raise the visibility of Higher Education within TBCG by enhancing our staff development,”
Paula Hobday, Head of Computing at TBCG will be applying for a Senior Fellowship as a long standing leader in IT training, leading to WorldSkills successes among students.
“It will be great to be part of cohort of Higher Education teachers here. We offer computing education at least equal to universities – in some cases better.”
Daniel Hulatt, IT lecturer who helped to design degree-level learning courses said:
“Being a Fellow is similar to Chartership it recognises your professionalism within a certain field of teaching.”
Joining the group was Hellen Murray who teaches Childhood and Youth Studies at Central Beds College which, it was announced recently, will be merging with the Group in 2023.
“This is an exciting opportunity to be part of this development.”
Farzana Khan, an Advanced Practitioner, who manages the Higher Education Business Management Higher Nationals, said:
“I am a reflective practitioner and this HEA fellowship will provide me with the recognition of my professional practice against the UK HE Professional Standards Framework, which will not only benefit me but will also my learners.”
Advance HE’s Hannah Cook said:
“We are delighted that the Group is beginning its journey in supporting and recognising the hard work and dedication of their HE staff through the internationally recognised Fellowship scheme.
“The Bedford College Group joins a handful of other College-based Higher Education (CBHE) providers across the UK in leading the way to encourage more CBHE staff to gain Fellowship. As of 30th June 2022, there were more than 158,000 Fellows across the world, with just over 2,500 of them working in UK CBHE.
“Therefore, the Group are significantly helping to support the growth of Fellowship in the wider CBHE sector too.
“We are thrilled to help support Alex and the team with this initiative over the coming months and years.”
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