Professional recognition of educational practice: recent success and next steps

As many colleagues will know, the university now has in place a new framework for the professional recognition of good practice in learning and teaching, learning and teaching support, and educational leadership. ALPINE (Accredited Learning, Professional development, and Innovation in Education) allows the university to award Associate Fellowships, Fellowships and Senior Fellowships of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

Professional recognition pathways through ALPINE include a portfolio route (which can lead to recognition as Associate Fellow, Fellow or Senior Fellow of the HEA), or successfully completing module(s) from the Postgraduate Certificate in Tertiary and Higher Education (leading to recognition as either Associate Fellow or Fellow of the HEA).

ALPINE has recently closed its call for the first round of applicants, and 50 colleagues from across the university are now working towards their Fellowships of the HEA. Our first rounds of recognition panels will meet in November 2016 and January 2017 (dates tbc), and we look forward to announcing the success of colleagues after the panels convene.


Initial HEA Fellowship application writing workshop, for colleagues who are now becoming mentors and recognition panel members for ALPINE. Held November 13th, 2015.

In preparation to become mentors and recognition panel members for ALPINE, a number of staff from across the university have been supported over the last year to apply directly to the Higher Education Academy to seek recognition as Fellows.

We are delighted to announce that the following colleagues have recently been successful:

  • Debbie Wartnaby, Faculty Officer, now Associate Fellow of the HEA
  • John Howe, SAMS UHI, now Fellow of the HEA
  • Ann Tilbury, Educational Development Unit, now Fellow of the HEA
  • Wilma Bichan, Orkney College UHI, now Senior Fellow of the HEA
  • Eleanor Brown, Perth College UHI, now Senior Fellow of the HEA
  • Alice Mongiello, Inverness College UHI, now Senior Fellow of the HEA

We look forward to other colleagues receiving their HEA Fellowships in the near future, and coming to play a part in the continuing development of the ALPINE framework.

For further information about ALPINE, including how to register please see the ALPINE section of the LTA website.

The Learning and Teaching Academy Team


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