Congratulations to the first Principal Fellow!

Reverend Dr David Taylor has become the first member of University of Liverpool staff to achieve Principal Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

Principal Fellowship is awarded to teachers in Higher Education that demonstrate sustained and effective impact at strategic level in teaching and enhancing the student learning experience. Dr Taylor’s Principal Fellowship is recognition of his considerable experience in learning and teaching as well as his leadership and influence both within Liverpool and beyond, and is a major achievement.

Dr Taylor, who is a Reader in Medical Education in the School of Medicine, said:

“I am delighted by this external recognition, and very grateful to my students and colleagues in the Medical School and wider University who have supported my development as an educator over the years. I would encourage all of my colleagues to look at the HEA’s professional standards, and apply for professional recognition.”

In a recent development, The University of Liverpool Teaching Recognition and Accreditation (ULTRA) Framework has been accredited by the HEA. This means that University of Liverpool staff will be able to apply for professional recognition of their learning and teaching through ULTRA, and achieve HEA Fellowship at the same time. As part of his commitment to enhancing the student experience through excellent learning and teaching, Dr Taylor will be working alongside Educational Development staff to encourage colleagues to apply for recognition of their skills and expertise through the ULTRA Framework.

More information on ULTRA is available here, or please contact Dr Janis McIntyre at