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National recognition for leading Abertay games academic

13 December 2013

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Dr Henry Fortuna in the School of Arts, Media and Computer Games has received national professional recognition as a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA).

Henry has been a key player in the development of the computer games provision at Abertay and this body of work has been instrumental in him achieving this recognition.

Henry is our first Senior HEA Fellow, and one of only a relatively small number of Senior Fellows across the UK. He was a key player in shaping the first undergraduate degree course in computer games technology which started in 1998 and most of the subsequent games related courses that followed.

Following the creation of the Institute of Arts, Media and Computer Games in 2009, Henry was appointed as Director of Learning and Teaching with a specific responsibility for leading developments in both teaching and learning practice and portfolio development for the Institute.

Dr Alastair Robertson, Director of Teaching & Learning Enhancement, said: “I am absolutely delighted that Dr Fortuna has achieved this important national-level accolade from the HEA in recognition of his commitment to professionalism in teaching and learning in higher education.

“Although we have a number of Fellows of HEA, Henry is our first Senior HEA Fellow and he joins a relatively small but growing number of Senior Fellows across the UK.

“As part of our new Teaching and Learning Enhancement strategy and a drive to raise the status of teaching in the University, we would like to encourage more colleagues to apply for national recognition through the HEA over the coming months and years.”

Senior fellow status is mapped to the UK professional standard framework for teaching and learning support in higher education and in order to gain this recognition Henry had to demonstrate professionalism across the three areas of ‘Core Knowledge’, ‘Areas of Activity’ and ‘Professional Values’.

This was achieved through a portfolio submission to the HEA containing a reflective account of his practice and two case studies demonstrating leadership in teaching and learning.

Further information on the professional recognition scheme is available at the HEA website.

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