Talking Teaching: ‘Be the Best’

10 July 2018 / Categories: DA News and Events

Colonel Lorna Swinyard, Chief of Staff, Defence Academy of the United Kingdom has become the first military officer to achieve the Principal Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

HEA Fellowship demonstrates commitment to learning and teaching and the student experience, as well as allowing teaching staff to reflect on their own professional practice, and is awarded by Advance HE, the new organisation formed by the merger of the Equality Challenge Unit, the Higher Education Academy and the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education. 

Advance HE’s purpose is to advance the professional practice of higher education to improve outcomes for the benefit of students, staff and society. Through its passion for excellence, Advance HE aims to create an inclusive culture that champions the continuous development of teaching, leadership and research.

Receiving her award, Col Swinyard said:

“I was thrilled and surprised to receive my award for Principal Fellowship. Being the first military officer to achieve such an accolade is one which shows Defence supports the development of personnel at all levels with excellent education and teaching.” 

A strict criteria is in place, and candidates must demonstrate a sustained record of effective strategic leadership in academic practice and academic development as a key contribution to high quality student learning.

Col Swinyard achieved Principal Fellowship status through a trial HEA Fellowship cohort delivered by Advance HE within the UK Defence Academy, as recognition of her sustained record of effective, strategic leadership in academic practice as a key contribution to high quality student learning in higher education.

Professor Bradley said:

“It has been a privilege working with such a committed group of educators at the Joint Services Command and Staff College.  Col Swinyard’s Principal Fellowship is a culmination of her achievement in her career as a Ministry of Defence educator and her leadership of learning and teaching within the Defence Academy.”

HEA Fellowship demonstrates commitment to learning and teaching and the student experience, as well as allowing teaching staff to reflect on their own professional practice. 

A final word from Colonel Swinyard:

“I hope my Principal Fellow HEA recognition demonstrates the excellence in Defence education and encourages other military personnel to apply. The opportunity to reflect on what I have achieved to enhance student learning, promote quality teaching and develop staff has been invaluable.”

The Defence Academy of the UK delivers courses in leadership, strategy, science and technology, and business skills for armed forces personnel, civil servants, industry and our international partners.


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