Two education leaders attain principal fellowship status

Published: 24 August 2016 Ezine

Two radiographers from the University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol, were recently awarded the status of Principal Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA).

Dr Vivien Gibbs, head of allied health professions department, and Dr Marc Griffiths, associate dean, planning & resources, have both been recognised for their achievements by the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

This award is made to those demonstrating exceptional strategic educational leadership and impact in the higher education sector, as a key contribution to high-quality student learning.

There are currently around 200 principal fellows in the UK.

The HEA works with higher education providers and organisations to improve the professional experience of higher education teachers through fellowships, accreditation, awards and professional development provision.

Vivien said: “Marc and I were both delighted when we received the news that we had achieved this award.

"We have both worked in the HEI sector for many years in a number of different roles, educating and developing future generations of radiographers.

“It is gratifying to know that our work has been recognised as contributing to an excellent learning experience, and resulting excellent radiography graduates.”

Richard Evans, CEO of the SCoR, congratulated Vivien and Marc, commenting: “We are fortunate to have many outstanding radiographers in education.

"Keeping up with developments in the profession, with technology, in service provision and – particularly at the moment – with policy changes requires worldclass skills.

"Patients and our profession depend on great educators and it is brilliant that Viv and Marc have been recognised in this way.”