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Abertay academic becomes Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

12 August 2014

Dr Kehinde Oduyemi - Director of Academic Programmes in the School of Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) 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.

Kehinde was awarded the prestigious title because of the excellent academic leadership he has provided within SET, the wider university community and to external agencies over the past 20 years.

This includes the work he has done encouraging staff to develop the Graduate Attributes in their students and his leadership in encouraging innovation on issues around assessment and feedback.

Kehinde enthusiastically mentors and supports his colleagues, and has championed many recent change initiatives at Abertay, including the university’s new academic calendar, its revised assessment policy and grading scale, and its revised Graduate Attributes.

One of Kehinde’s external leadership roles has been with Student Participation in Quality Scotland’s University Advisory Group.

Here, his work has been exemplary, and includes reviewing their guidance to students on using the Enhancement Led Institutional Review for institutional development and advising on ways to develop their work with Widening Participation students.

Dr Alastair Robertson – Director of Teaching & Learning Enhancement at Abertay University – said:

"Kehinde’s contributions to teaching and learning are based on an obvious personal commitment to ensuring all students get the very best out of their educational experience and an excellent ability to see the wider context and needs across the sector.

"He was one of the first five graduates of Abertay’s PG Certificate in HET and one of the first three Fellows of HEA (then ILT). He has undertaken many roles of responsibility within the School as Director of Academic Programmes, within the university, and nationally within his discipline and is a highly respected and valued colleague."

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 Kehinde 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 on the HEA website.

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