An academic at Nottingham Trent University, Professor Di Bailey, has been made a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. The title is the highest level of recognition awarded by the HEA – which champions excellent learning and teaching in higher education – and is reserved for those who have demonstrated a substantial strategic commitment to the sector.
There are fewer than 50 Principal Fellows in the UK and Professor Bailey becomes the first academic at Nottingham Trent University to be recognised in this way. The award follows a National Teaching Fellowship which Professor Bailey was given by the HEA in 2002 in recognition of excellence in teaching and learning.
Principal Fellows must have a sustained and effective record of impact at strategic level, and be able to show a wider commitment to academic practice and strategic leadership in teaching and enhancing the student learning experience.
Professor Bailey, who is Head of Social Work and Professional Practice in the university’s School of Social Sciences, said: “It is a real privilege to be recognised in this way. I feel very proud for Nottingham Trent University as they supported my application, and also for social work which is my academic discipline.
“Being a Principal Fellow signifies the importance of ensuring that teaching and learning is at the heart of what we do and that strategically we can find ways of integrating teaching and learning with research that benefits a whole range of audiences including our students and staff as well as people who use social work services and practitioners. This approach is something that I feel very passionate about so I am thrilled to be recognised for it.”
Professor Chris Pole, Pro Vice-Chancellor Academic at Nottingham Trent University, added: “Throughout her career Professor Bailey has pursued an active research agenda, blending this with a strong commitment to using her research as the basis for effective evidenced based teaching.
“This is demonstrated not only in the content of her teaching but also in the methodologies deployed with a wide range of students. Over the course of her career in three contrasting Universities, Di has made an outstanding contribution to the training and development of the mental health workforce in the UK. Her approach contributed significantly to her appointment as a National Teaching Fellow.”