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Michael receives Senior Fellowship award

Jul 31, 2018

Mike Dean
Mike Dean

Michael Dean, Senior Lecturer and International Lead in the Directorate of Sport, Exercise and Physiotherapy is celebrating after being awarded Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

Senior Fellowship of the HEA is a professional recognition that is open to any colleague who can demonstrate a thorough understanding of effective approaches to teaching and learning support as well as impact and influence on other colleagues through, for example, responsibility for leading programmes, subjects or disciplinary areas.

Mike said: “I am so proud to receive the award which recognises my contribution to the learning and assessment of physiotherapy practice in inter-professional education, international curriculum development and collaborative practice within the Schools of Health Sciences and Health and Society. As a Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy, I am determined to make sure our students get the best academic and clinical placement experiences in the UK and around the world.  

“I have led on reviewing emerging pedagogy with colleagues from other North West higher education providers to develop a unified clinical placement assessment document; this has consolidated the highest level of learning and assessment to prepare our students for independent clinical practice. This is endorsed as best practice from our practice placement partners, who I lead through a high quality of learning in the UK’s only programme to have been validated by four UK Allied Health Professions, for accreditation of clinical learning.

The award also recognises the achievement of my role within the multidisciplinary team of Health Sciences, Health and Society and workplace Practice Education Facilitators to establish a nationally acknowledged model of Clinical Learning in Practice.

“I am really pleased to gain acknowledgement for my achievements and I hope this realisation will inspire many colleagues to consider applying for appropriate Fellowship recognition too.”

Dr Vicky Halliwell, Interim Dean of the School of Health Sciences said: “I am absolutely delighted for Mike who has shown sustained commitment and innovation in the pedagogy of Physiotherapy, inter professional learning, international opportunities and in improving student experience on placement by training and supporting practice educators.  The number of SFHEAs in our school shows our culture and dedication to quality in learning, teaching and assessment.”

The University has 409 Fellows, 40 Senior Fellows and three Principal Fellows. The School of Health Sciences has the highest contingent of Senior Fellows in the University with 14 members of staff successfully achieving the award and more applications in the pipeline. In addition to Mike, these are currently: Stephen Atkins, Sarah Bodell, Helen Carruthers, Margaret Coffey, Lynne Gaskell, Vicky Halliwell, Louise Henstock, Angela Hook, Wendy Munro, Veronica Newton, Steve Pearson, Nicola Spence and Andrew Tootell. Dr Jacqueline Leigh of the school has been awarded a National Teaching Fellowship.

The Quality and Enhancement Office supports Fellowship applications by providing briefings, advice and feedback on draft applications. The University pays the application fee on behalf of staff. For further details, please contact our academic development team: for Fellowship, Calum Thomson ( and for Senior Fellowship, John Dermo (