Westford Announces its Partnership with Advance HE, UK

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WUC is thrilled to announce its prestigious partnership with Advance HE, UK. Through this partnership, it is furthering its objective of continuous learning and professional development by fostering relationships with credible institutions across the globe.

Advance HE is a British professional membership scheme promoting excellence in higher education. It advocates for evidence-based teaching methods and awards fellowships as a method of professional recognition for university teachers.Advance HE works with higher education institutions worldwide to benchmark teaching quality against the rigorous UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF).

As a valuable member of Advance, HE, Westford will now have access to exclusive reports, publications, and resources across key Higher Education themes global and regional webinars and other online resources.Westford sees immense value in the advance HE Fellowship in ensuring their teaching staff’s practice meets the standards required by the Professional Standards Framework (PSF). A key benefit is the opportunity for interested members of the academic team to apply for a ‘Direct Fellowship’ at a 50% discount. In addition to rewarding academics for their commitment to teaching and learning, the fellowship aims to encourage the transformation of education.

“Fellowship demonstrates a personal and institutional commitment to professionalism in learning and teaching in higher education. Across four categories, Associate Fellow, Fellow, Senior Fellow to Principal Fellow, Fellowship provides individuals with recognition of their practice, impact and leadership of teaching and learning.”

A brief description of the 4 categories as outlined by Advance HE (2021) is as follows:

Associate Fellow (AFHEA)

If you are able to provide evidence of effectiveness in relation to your professional role which will typically include at least some teaching and/or learning support responsibilities, by applying for Associate Fellowship you will present an understanding of specific aspects of effective teaching, learning support methods and student learning.

Fellow (FHEA)

If you are able to provide evidence of broadly based effectiveness in more substantive teaching and supporting learning roles and can demonstrate a broad understanding of effective approaches to learning and teaching support as a key contribution to high quality student learning.

Senior Fellow (SFHEA)

If you can demonstrate a thorough understanding of effective approaches to teaching and learning support as a key contribution to high quality student learning. You may be an experienced member of staff able to demonstrate impact and influence on other colleagues through, for example, responsibility for leading, managing or organising programmes, subjects and/or disciplinary areas.

Principal Fellow (PFHEA)

If you can demonstrate a sustained record of effective strategic leadership in academic practice and development and you are highly experienced with wide-ranging strategic leadership responsibilities in connection with key aspects of teaching and supporting learning.

Read more: https://www.advance-he.ac.uk/fellowship

Benefits to our student community

In addition to enhancing the development of Westford academics, this partnership offers a host of other benefits as well. Students can also benefit from this partnership by signing up to access reports, publications, webinars, and other online resources at https://www.advance-he.ac.uk/login.When registering, students need to select Westford University College as the organization

Hanil Haridas, Westford’s Executive Director, believes that effective teaching and learning methods can engage students, stimulate their learning, and motivate them to take responsibility for their own development. Westford’s academic and student communities will greatly benefit from this partnership. Academics will be able to apply effective pedagogies and provide high-quality learning across all courses, and students will have access to valuable resources. It is a complete win-win situation for all parties!

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