PFHEA for Moira

Dr Moira Fischbacher-Smith, Dean of Learning and Teaching in the College of Social Sciences, has been awarded a Principal Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA).

Moira Fischbacher-Smith, College of SSHEA Principal Fellowships are the highest level of award granted by the Academy and are bestowed on those colleagues who have displayed “a sustained and effective record of impact at strategic level” and have a “wider commitment to academic practice and strategic leadership in teaching and enhancing the student learning experience”.

There are only around 10 principal fellows in Scotland and 130 in the UK.

Moira told Campus eNews: "I'm very pleased to have been awarded a Principal Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA).  

"Teaching, and the quality of the student experience is very important to me personally and in terms of my responsibilities as Dean of Learning and Teaching in the College of Social Science.  It is a privilege to have a role like this where I can work with staff and students across the College and the University and especially at a time  when there are so many opportunities to engage with technologies for learning, student enterprise, and research-led teaching."

Exciting 

Referring to the University of Glasgow's plans for redeveloping the Gilmorehill Campus, Dr Fischbacher-Smith said: "Particularly exciting is the chance to contribute to the University's plans for the student experience in a new University campus and specifically in relation to the proposed teaching hub.  As the award is made on the basis of a "sustained, effective record of strategic impact at institutional, national or international level" and commitment  "to wider strategic leadership in teaching", it is very rewarding to be recognised in this way.  I hope to continue to make a contribution to the College and University that will be worthy of the title."

Moira Fischbacher-Smith is one of four colleagues in the college who have recently been successful in HEA applications; they form part of a group of 11 who have been working towards applying for HEA recognition.


First published: 13 January 2015

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