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Principal Fellowship recognition

13 May 2019

Professor Anwen Williams

Congratulations to Professor Anwen Williams who has been made Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (Advance HE).

The Principal Fellowship is awarded to those with an established academic career in higher education who demonstrate leadership and substantial responsibility in learning and teaching.

Anwen was appointed Deputy Director of Postgraduate Research Studies in 2012 and led the development, management and delivery of high-quality teaching and learning opportunities in several senior management roles (Deputy Director of Postgraduate Research Studies, Deputy Dean of Research, Director of Postgraduate Research Degrees and Director of the Doctoral Academy).

She successfully led the design, development and implementation of strategies that transformed teaching and learning provision for Postgraduate Research students. These have been recognised internationally by professional bodies. This included leading the Doctoral Academy team that mapped the four key stages in the chronology of the postgraduate researcher’s journey to create the Transition, Acquisition, Completion and Employment curriculum that we adopted in 2018.

Anwen is our second Principal Fellow, alongside Claire Morgan, Director of the Centre for Education Support and Innovation.

Pro Vice-Chancellor for Student Experience and Academic Standards, Professor Amanda Coffey, said “We are delighted with this recognition as part of a well-established scheme that is owned and recognised by the sector which provides a benchmark for teaching and supporting learning in Higher Education. We are striving to develop a community in which learning and teaching is recognised and valued and this is one way of recognising this excellent work.”

As part of the Transforming Cardiff education pillar we are committed to excellence in learning and teaching and to increase the numbers of academic staff with external recognition of teaching excellence.

As part of this commitment, the Centre for Education Support and Innovation will be funding a number of staff applications for Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy in addition to a pilot a workshop and writing retreat for those wishing to explore Principal Fellowship.

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