Principal Fellowship award for lecturer

Posted on Wednesday 7th June 2017
Duncan Cross 3

Dr Duncan Cross has become the first member of academic staff at the University of Bolton to be awarded Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Dr Cross, a senior lecturer in the School of Education and Psychology, was awarded the highest category of professional recognition for teaching and learning that is awarded by the HEA.

Fellowship of the HEA has four categories: Associate Fellow, Fellow, Senior Fellow and Principal Fellow (PFHEA), and Dr Cross is the first to achieve PFHEA at the University.

Dr Cross was awarded the PFHEA in recognition of his sustained and effective record of strategic impact in learning and teaching at institutional, national or international level, with commitment to wider strategic leadership in teaching and learning.

He joins a small group of Principal Fellows of the HEA with only 730 having attained this internationally, including just over 500 in the UK.

‘I’m delighted to have been awarded the Principal Fellowship of the HEA,’ said Dr Cross.

‘The process was an excellent opportunity to reflect on the strategic impact that I have had in teaching and learning in Higher Education at an institutional and national level. 

‘The award is fantastic in raising the profile or learning and teaching and the application process gave me the perfect opportunity to look back and reflect on my experience over the last 15 years.’

Executive Dean for Student Experience and Retention, Gill Waugh said:

‘We are delighted with this accolade for one of our members of staff. As a university we have supported significant numbers of University colleagues through Fellowship and Senior Fellowship roles and now have eight Associate Fellows of the HEA, 166 Fellows of the HEA, 28 Senior Fellows of the HEA and now 1 Principal Fellow of the HEA.

‘We continue to support and mentor staff through the fellowship process and this demonstrates the commitment of the University of Bolton to developing staff skills to support our students.’