Monday, April 18, 2016 - 10:00

Academic and Lecturer in Higher Education Dr Christine Slade from The University of Queensland’s Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation (ITaLI) has received international recognition for her commitment to higher education professionalism through a Senior Fellowship from the respected Higher Education Academy.

The Higher Education Academy is a UK-based education body dedicated to raising the status and quality of teaching in higher education to improve student learning experience and outcomes, and awards four categories of Fellowships depending on knowledge and experience.

A Senior Fellowship is awarded to experienced staff who are able to demonstrate impact and influence through leading and managing within a learning and teaching context.

Fellowship awardee Dr Christine Slade said being recognised for teaching excellence through both qualitative and quantitative mechanisms is an important career motivator.

“Being recognised by the Higher Education Academy is a significant award that has attributed valuable measure of my success to many years of leading and participating in progressive teaching and learning projects,” she said.

“My application to HEA was motivated by the opportunity to measure my teaching practice against international standards rather than by competing against my colleagues which is often the case here in Australia.

“I believe recognition in higher education should be a strong reflection of both qualitative and quantitative benchmarks.

“A number of Universities in Australia are beginning to seek to recognise staff through HEA benchmarks, so I believe this type of higher education assessment may become a common standard here soon.”

HEA Fellowships are open to all experienced teaching academic or learning support staff worldwide. Applications may be submitted directly to HEA based on experience or HEA-based accreditation.

For more information on the Fellowship opportunities and the application process please visit

Media: Zarese Kisielewski,, 07 3365 6211.