Dr Clive Opie Dean of McMillan School of Teaching, Health and Care

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The first Principal Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) awarded to a teaching professional in college-based higher education has been announced.

“I feel honoured to have been awarded a Principal Fellowship from the HEA and to be held in the same esteem as other Principal Fellows fills me with a special sense of pride."

Dr Clive Opie, Dean of McMillan School of Teaching, Health and Care

Dr Clive Opie is the Dean of McMillan School of Teaching, Health and Care at Bradford College.  He is responsible for the quality of Bradford’s learning and teaching in both higher and further education across the ‘caring’ professions. This includes, amongst other areas, Early Years, Initial Teacher Education, Social work and Youth work.

Principal Fellowship, the highest category of HEA Fellowship available, indicates very extensive experience in leading, as well as delivering, learning and teaching in HE. Typically, Principal Fellows have wide-ranging academic or academic-related strategic leadership and policymaking responsibilities, and can demonstrate sustained impact and influence both within and outside their institution.

HEA Fellowship is designed around the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) which supports the initial and continuing professional development of staff engaged in teaching and supporting learning in higher education. It provides a means to comprehensively benchmark, develop, and recognise and reward teaching and learning support roles within HE.

"I am delighted that Dr Opie has become our first Principal Fellow representing the college-based HE community.  I’m sure he will pave the way for other HE teachers in colleges, not only at Bradford College but across the UK."

Professor Stephanie Marshall, Chief Executive, HEA

Dr Opie said: “I feel honoured to have been awarded a Principal Fellowship from the HEA and to be held in the same esteem as other Principal Fellows fills me with a special sense of pride.  The whole process of becoming a Principal Fellow has provided me the opportunity to reflect on my role as a teacher and the invaluable collaboration of the many colleagues that I have had the privilege of working with over my career.  I owe College colleagues a great deal of thanks both in encouraging me to apply for the PFHEA and in supporting my application and  I hope it will encourage other college-based teaching professionals to work towards HEA Fellowship.”   

Professor Stephanie Marshall, Chief Executive, HEA commented: "Students deserve the very best learning and teaching during their time in higher education, whether that takes place at a further education college, a university or within the workplace.   

"Principal Fellowship is a key milestone in the career of any learning and teaching professional in higher education. Principal Fellows are key strategic leaders in the development of learning and teaching at the institutional, national and international level. I am delighted that Dr Opie has become our first Principal Fellow representing the college-based HE community.  I’m sure he will pave the way for other HE teachers in colleges, not only at Bradford College but across the UK. His experience and expertise will be of great benefit to students and colleagues alike."