Exploring the Impact of Principal Fellowship on Individuals and Institutions

Lucy Spowart*, Rebecca Turner, Daniel Zahra, Mariam Vahdaninia, Harriet Dunbar-Morris, Rachael Carkett

*Corresponding author for this work

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Principal Fellowship (PF) is awarded to professionals who demonstrate they meet Descriptor 4 of the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) and was originally launched by the Higher Education Academy (HEA, now Advance HE) in April 2012. To be successful, applicants must evidence a “sustained record of effective strategic leadership in academic practice and academic development as a key contribution to high quality student learning” (Advance HE, 2021). As of 1 November 2021 there were 1473 Principal Fellows globally. Despite an expanding evidence base that has explored the impact of HEA Fellowships aligned to the UKPSF, there is currently no published literature focusing explicitly on the impact of Principal Fellowships on the individual or on the enhancement of teaching and learning. Advance HE sponsored the University of Plymouth to conduct research with Principal Fellows (PFs) globally to assess the impact of their award on their role(s), individual identity and career, as well as the impact on the institutional enhancement of teaching and learning. This research took place between August 2021 and December 2021.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherAdvance HE
Commissioning bodyUniversity of Plymouth
Number of pages73
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jun 2022


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