On the basis of a proven record of achievement in learning and teaching, academic staff, professional service staff and students can become Fellows of WIHEA and take on a role of influence and leadership within the wider institution.
From an initial cohort of 41 ‘Foundation’ Fellows, who were integral to supporting the inception of the Academy and enabled it to quickly become an established part of the infrastructure for learning and teaching, the Academy continues to recruit on average 25 Fellows each year. The Academy currently has 90 Fellows. This includes 12 Ex-officio Fellowships, which are offered to the holders of specific institutional roles that are key to supporting WIHEA’s strategic aims. Three of these roles are Student Union Officers.
To enable Foundation Fellows and all other Fellows to remain part of the WIHEA community at the end of their Fellowship term, the Alumni Fellowship was introduced in August 2018. The Academy currently has 138 Alumni, whose knowledge and experience continues to support its activities.
What is the role of a Fellow?
Fellowships are of great benefit to the individual Fellows, their departments or professional service and the wider university community. Staff Fellows commit to the role and making an institutional contribution to learning and teaching at Warwick for three years, whilst Student Fellows commit to the role for one year.
Fellows take on institutional or Faculty roles that embed good practice in learning and teaching across the University. This can take many forms. Staff and Student Fellows can take part in exchanges, projects, learning circles, proposing teaching and learning policy or develop new academic practice that enhance the student experience and student outcomes. They also take part in the formal governance of the University of Warwick, for instance by joining committees, sub committees and working groups and have a role in disseminating the wider work of the Academy across their Department, Service or Networks.
Fellows will be able to develop expertise in areas of interest to them and seek to develop influence within the institution to enhance practice and policy. They will also have the opportunity to inform our strategic and practical thinking on learning and teaching at Warwick, as and when new challenges or ambitions arise.
What is expected of me as a Fellow?
It is anticipated that Fellows of the Academy already have FHEA or SFHEA recognition, but where this is not the case, support will be available to achieve this recognition in the first year of the Fellowship.
Fellows are expected to be actively involved in governance, WIHEA projects, development activities, learning circles, networks and think tanks that set the tone and develop the direction of learning and teaching at Warwick and/or the Academy itself.
In addition to perhaps being a member of a Warwick committee, subcommittee and/or working group (as opportunities allow), we would expect Fellows to have either a leading role in a learning and teaching-funded project or assist in a consultancy capacity to support the strategic direction of learning and teaching at Warwick.
We would ask Fellows to attend and contribute to our regular Fellow Networking Sessions (approximately every six weeks).