UCL Centre for Languages & International Education (CLIE)


Further HEA Fellowship success for CLIE

1 November 2019

DR Peter Bowman - HEA Fellow

Many congratulations to Dr Peter Bowman, the UPCSE Admissions Tutor, and Marc-Georges Nowicki, a former (recently retired) French Tutor on the Languages Modules team, on their recent success in gaining Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) with UCL Arena Open.

UCL Arena Open provides experienced colleagues who teach, supervise, assess or support students’ learning, in any role, the opportunity to gain recognition for their teaching with a UCL Arena Fellowship, accredited by the Higher Education Academy.

Here’s Peter’s reflection on achieving the award:

I was very pleased to be awarded my Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy this summer. Going through the application process was a very useful opportunity to step back and take stock of what has been quite a full fourteen years working on the UPC programme at CLIE and the range of opportunities that has provided. It was also an opportunity to engage more fully with the idea of a research-based approach to education which UCL advocates, and to appreciate its value and its place in university teaching. For me, attaining the FHEA has come quite late on in my career so was an opportunity to reflect on previous experience but I can see that it would be equally, if not more, valuable to someone in the earlier stages of their career to provide a platform for further development and something I would recommend to all other teaching staff. The CLIE as a teaching centre with strong links to Arena provides a very supportive environment in which to go through the application process, not just by helping to navigate the process but also helping to make it meaningful.

If you would like to find out more about gaining HEA Fellowship, the first step is to attend an Initial Guidance session at Arena. Once you have a case study in draft format, you can then attend a Developing your Application session, where you will receive peer and tutor feedback. These sessions are offered several times each term and are advertised on the Events Calendar.

You can also self-enrol on Arena Open Moodle for much more information about each category of fellowship (Associate Fellow/ Fellow/ Senior Fellow/ Principal Fellow). Find out more about the application process on the Teaching & Learning website.

The Arena Fellowship Scheme was recently re-accredited by the HEA for a further four years and now requires only three case studies of 800 words for a Fellow application (the previous requirement was four x 600 words); for Senior Fellow, three x 1000 word case studies are now required, in addition to a ‘Reflection on Educational Leadership’, also of 1000 words’.

Please contact Jane Skirving if you have any queries.