Teaching & Learning


Vice-Provost recognised for strategic impact on teaching and learning

10 January 2017

Professor Anthony Smith, Vice-Provost (Education and Student Affairs) has been awarded Principal Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

Professor Anthony Smith

He received the award after applying successfully for a UCL Arena Principal Fellowship, which is accredited by HEA.

HEA Fellowship is an internationally acknowledged programme to recognise staff for their support of student learning in higher education. All staff who support education at UCL are encouraged to apply for UCL Arena Fellowship, our HEA-accredited scheme. The 500th Fellowship has just been awarded to Dr Lilian Schofield, who has gained Associate Fellowship.

Principal Fellows are recognised for their strategic impact at institutional, national or international level and for their commitment to wider strategic leadership in teaching.

Professor Smith said: ‘I am absolutely delighted to have achieved Principal Fellowship. I applied for the award through UCL Arena, and I am very grateful for the support that Arena team gave me.  Our Education Strategy 2016-21 seeks to bring our students closer to the outstanding research that colleagues undertake, by embedding research into our programmes at every level. This means we need to be creative, coming up with new approaches to education to complement traditional methods. There are some fantastic initiatives going on across UCL, making the student learning experience vibrant and inspiring. We want to ensure that the quality of the student experience is consistent across all our programmes.

‘We are working to give appropriate recognition to the student learning activities of all our staff. We are currently consulting on proposed changes to promotion criteria. In the meantime, I warmly invite all staff who teach or support teaching to access the resources, support and accreditation offered by UCL Arena.’