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Four academics awarded Higher Education Academy Senior Fellowships

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Published: 7 October 2019

Allison Young, Head of Academic Operations, Yahaya Alhassan, Principal Lecturer for Quality Assurance, Enhancement and Programme Development, and Dirisa Mulindwa, Principal Lecturer for Research, External Engagement and Employability, were awarded their Senior Fellowships in July 2019. Dr Geoff Paul, Assistant Director (Academics), received the award in August 2019.


Allison Young said: “This is an exciting and important milestone for the University of Sunderland in London. On a personal level, I am delighted for Dirisa, Yahaya and myself. For all three of us to be awarded Senior Fellowship on the same day makes the achievement particularly special."

Allison continued: "A collegial as well as an individual success. More importantly, this recognition will enable us to mentor and support other colleagues in London towards Fellowship, in collaboration with the University’s Centre for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching. In the next two years, we are aiming for 100% of teaching staff to have Fellowship and are looking forward to seeing the first London staff graduate with the PG Certificate in Academic Practice later this year”.

Geoff said: “I meant to submit my Higher Education Academy application quite some time ago, but the drive, energy and support of the University of Sunderland in London staff strengthened my determination to complete the paperwork – it feels great! Now I start work on my Principal Fellowship!”

Dr John Unsworth, Head of Learning and Teaching Enhancement, said: “The HEA Fellowship provides an opportunity for staff to reflect on their teaching practice and to gain international recognition for their work in supporting learning and student success. I am delighted that we have been able to award our first Senior Fellowships to the academic team at the University of Sunderland in London. Their recognition is a testimony to the outstanding work, over many years, in leading and developing academic staff in London”.

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