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WIHEA Fellows Selection Process

How to become a WIHEA Fellow

The selection process for WIHEA Fellowship takes place annually in May/June. A call initially goes out to Faculty Chairs, Faculty Education Chairs, the Registrar (and group of Directors under the Registrar), Cross-Faculty Directors, Heads of Departments and Services, the Student Union (SU) and existing WIHEA Fellows to nominate new Staff Fellows. The call is then more widely announced via a number of communication methods across the institution, enabling individual staff to apply. For a student to be considered for Fellowship, they must be nominated by a WIHEA Fellow. A WIHEA Alumni may propose a student, but a current WIHEA Fellow is required to second the nomination.

The call for nominations/applications this year has now closed. It is planned the outcomes will be communicated week commencing Monday, 3 July.

What is the selection criteria?

Applicants or nominees will be expected to show a record of commitment to learning and teaching, some experience of leading good practice development for instance through projects, mentoring or curriculum development by providing a statement. Please see below the specific criteria for staff and students.

Staff Criteria:

A demonstration of commitment to learning and teaching (a reference to examples of any; curriculum development, leading roles in learning and teaching projects, developing or disseminating best practice, mentoring, etc.)

Membership information of any committees, sub committees, working groups or internal/external networks and what contributions has the nominee/applicant made to them

A summary on the area(s) of expertise that the nominee/applicant has to offer and an indication on how they might influence the strategic direction or enhance practice and policy within the institution

A commitment from the nominee/applicant that they will make time for the role alongside their other commitments

Student Criteria:

Students nominated must either currently be involved in a WIHEA funded or similar project or a member of an SSLC, or are specifically nominated by a WIHEA Fellow for their contribution to the development of learning and teaching and provide:

Demonstration of a proven investment or contribution to the development of learning and teaching through a WIHEA or similar project and/or a student led activity to enhance and improve the student experience or learning and teaching at Warwick.

Membership of any student or working group, committee or club and what contributions has the nominated student made to them.

A summary of the skills, knowledge and attributes that the nominated student has to offer and an indication on how they might contribute or influence the strategic direction or enhance practice and policy within the institution.

A commitment from the nominated student that they will be able to make time for the role alongside their studies and other commitments.

What are we looking for in a nomination/application statement?

Ideally, a statement should be between 200 to 400 words (400 maximum) and provide information and examples against the required criteria. If you are making the nomination, we strongly encourage you to ask the nominee to provide you with their own statement responding to the criteria, which must refer to the relevant staff/student criteria above.

If you feel you need support with writing your statement, please email at least three weeks before the call closes to request further information on the support available.

As part of the appointment process for staff, the Head of Department or Professional Service are asked to confirm whether they support a Fellowship appointment and individuals applying will need to include this in their statement. Heads of Department are invited to recognise colleagues’ contribution to WIHEA in workload allocations.

The Academy continues to receive many more nominations/applications than there are Fellowship places available, to ensure fair and inclusive representation from a wide range of departments, where several nominations/applications are submitted from the same department a cap may need to be placed on how many from each department can be selected.

The Academy’s Advisory Group will make the final selection.

Useful links:

The role of a WIHEA FellowLink opens in a new window

WIHEA Annual Reports Link opens in a new window- an insight into the activities and engagement of Fellows and their impact statements