Higher Education Academy welcomes Dr Stuart Porter as its latest Fellow
Dec 06, 2017
Lecturer in physiotherapy in the School of Health Sciences, Dr Stuart Porter is our most recent colleague to be awarded Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. This takes the School of Health Sciences’ tally of Senior Fellows up to a dozen, with more in the pipeline.
Stuart became a Fellow of the HEA in 2003 and has regularly invested in his professional development to further enhance his pedagogy, recently completing the University’s HEA-accredited Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP) on which he now volunteers in the “professional conversation” element of the course.
His innovative approach to teaching centres on understanding the learner’s needs and responding flexibly and creatively to those needs whilst also maintaining academic rigour. Stuart is also admissions tutor for undergraduate physiotherapy as well as first year tutor, and this dual role has led him to reflect on how best to support new students in their transition into higher education and introduce new creative practices such as an extended induction, buddy system and “panic club” – the latter having its agenda set by students themselves.
Stuart is no stranger to awards, having received the Vice-Chancellor’s teaching excellence award and also having been shortlisted for the Student’s Union Best postgraduate supervisor and Best Teacher in 2015 and the Times Higher Education Awards Innovative Teacher of the Year in 2009.
He is an established author of textbooks on physiotherapy and anatomy and is also proud to have led the development and operation of a programme of study in medical English for international students at Corpus Christi College Cambridge as medical director for the last three years .
Programme Lead for the PGCAP Dr Sean Walton was happy to support Stuart’s application, saying:
“Stuart is genuinely committed to improving the student learning experience and to the support and development of teaching staff with whom he works... He is a champion for the PGCAP programme across the University and has encouraged many academic staff to undertake the programme as an invaluable starting point for their own professional development as an educator in higher education.”
Stuart said: “I am thrilled to join the Fellowship and would like to thank all my students past and present, who have always shown me such affection and support.”
Dean of School Kay Hack added: “I have worked with Stuart for 16 years and during this time his dedication to supporting students to achieve their potential has been second to none. His enthusiasm and commitment for teaching and learning is exemplary and this Senior Fellowship is a true reflection of his fantastic work and leadership. Many congratulations Stuart.”
The University has 374 Fellows of the HEA, 30 Senior Fellows and 4 Principal Fellows in total.