Liverpool celebrates the first Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Dr Susanne Voelkel, from the School of Life Sciences, has become the first member of Liverpool University staff to achieve Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

Fellowship of the Academy provides national recognition of experience and expertise in learning and teaching in Higher Education in four separate categories.  Senior Fellowship is awarded to those individuals who demonstrate successful professional practice, including coordination, support and supervision of the learning and teaching activities of others.

The award of Senior Fellowship of the HEA is well-deserved recognition of the significant contribution that Dr Voelkel makes to learning and teaching in her own Faculty, as well as across the University. Dr Voelkel said:

“Obviously, I am thrilled about obtaining Senior Fellowship! It feels great to get external recognition, and it will be useful as evidence of my achievements for my future career. Writing the Senior Fellowship application was a good opportunity to reflect on my teaching practice and educational research and this has encouraged me to step up my engagement with external groups”.

One of Dr Voelkel’s responsibilities as a Senior Fellow of HEA will be to encourage others to apply for professional recognition. The University of Liverpool Teaching and Recognition and Accreditation (ULTRA) Framework is expected to achieve HEA accredited status soon, meaning that Liverpool University staff can apply for Fellowship through the internal scheme, and gain HEA fellowship at the same time. For more information on ULTRA please contact Dr Janis McIntyre at

Janis McIntyre