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Principal Fellowship recognition for Cardiff Met Academics



​Dr Sue Tangney​

Ruth Matheson​​​

Dr Sue Tangney has become Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

The Principal Fellowship is awarded to those with an established academic career in higher education who demonstrate leadership and substantial strategic responsibilities in learning and teaching.

Sue is Cardiff Met’s third Principal Fellow, alongside Professor Richard Tong (Cardiff School of Sport) and Ruth Matheson from the Learning, Teaching and Development Unit (LTDU), who was awarded her Fellowship last winter. Sue joined Cardiff Met in September 2000 and works in the academic development team of LTDU where she has been the Programme Director of the highly successful PgC THE course since 2005.

She said:  “I am delighted to receive the award. The application to the Higher Education Academy provided a reflective account of my professional practice, including strategic leadership that enhances teaching quality and subsequent student learning in Cardiff Met and other settings.

It also included my impact on learning, teaching and assessment through influencing policy and strategy in the University; the integration of teaching, leadership and mentoring, research and management and demonstration of my commitment to sustained and effective continuing professional development.”

Ruth Matheson has been at Cardiff Met since May 2008 and received recognition as Principal Fellow of the HEA in December.

The application process required Ruth to reflect on her practice and demonstrate the impact that her leadership has had on the institution and beyond, by providing specific examples and both qualitative and quantitative data to support them.

She said: “As an Academic Developer, who encourages others to develop their own teaching and learning practice, it is important for me to be recognised as developing my own practice and to ‘walk the talk.’

“The Higher Education Academy has a well-established recognition scheme that is owned and respected by the sector and provides a benchmark for teaching and supporting learning in Higher Education. As a university we are striving for 100% of our staff, who are teaching and supporting learning, to gain Fellowship of the HEA and develop a community in which teaching and learning is valued.

My aim in the strategic leadership of learning and teaching initiatives and practice, is to develop a student-centred culture where staff feel valued and supported in their practice and seek to continually develop.

“Being recognised as a Principal Fellow places me in a community of like-minded people, who are willing to share ideas and who have the development of higher education teaching, learning, research and scholarship at the heart of their practice.”