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Abertay academic becomes Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

9 May 2014

Andrea Cameron - Head of the School of Social and Health Sciences (SHS) at Abertay University - has received national professional recognition as a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA).

SFHEA status recognises the achievements of staff who have had an influence on professional practice beyond their own teaching.

Andrea was awarded the prestigious title on the basis of the excellent teaching and learning leadership she has provided to SHS over the past five years.

This includes the work she has done encouraging staff to develop the Graduate Attributes in their students and her leadership in encouraging innovation through the use of Active Enquiry teaching methods.

These include focusing on smaller group teaching, which enables a much more interactive exchange between tutor and student.

In addition, Andrea has ensured that the Employability Agenda remains a priority, with teaching programmes within SHS developing a set of skills and experiences for the student that are transferable to the workplace.

Andrea has also been instrumental in developing the flourishing partnership that SHS has with both Active Schools Dundee and Leisure and Culture Dundee, and has embedded guest speakers from industry into a range of the School's programmes to get students thinking about applications to practice as well as future career goals.

Dr Alastair Robertson, Director of Teaching & Learning Enhancement, said:

"This is a terrific national level achievement for Andrea in recognition of her commitment to professionalism in teaching and learning in higher education.

"Andrea is our second Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and I am looking forward to congratulating more of our staff in the future.

"Her award demonstrates her impressive commitment, energy and aptitude in pedagogy and helps raise the status of teaching within Abertay and the sector more generally."

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 Andrea 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 her practice and two case studies demonstrating leadership in teaching and learning.

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

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