In Summary

  • Professor Janet Gregory appointed Principal Fellow of the UK-based Higher Education Academy
  • HEA is responsible for enhancing teaching and supporting learning in higher education
  • HEA develops and promotes great teaching to improve student outcomes

The United Kingdom-based Higher Education Academy (HEA) has appointed the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Swinburne’s Sarawak Campus, Professor Janet Gregory, as a Principal Fellow.

The HEA is a global organisation working in more than 25 countries to enhance teaching and support learning in higher education.

It works with governments, universities and other higher education providers to help achieve change in learning and teaching. It also helps individual teaching staff to develop their practice at every stage of their career through HEA Fellowship.

There are more than 84,000 Fellows worldwide, and Professor Gregory is now part of a small but prestigious group of 685 Principal Fellows.

“I am delighted to have been awarded Principal Fellow with the Higher Education Academy,” Professor Gregory says. “The application process was an excellent opportunity to reflect on my 20 plus years as an academic.”

Professor Gregory has been at the helm of Swinburne Sarawak since July 2015. Prior to her current position, she was the Professor of Learning Innovations with the Learning Transformations Unit at Swinburne’s Hawthorn campus.

Learning and Teaching accomplishments

Professor Gregory's achievements include leading initiatives for changing practices in the design and delivery of courses to enhance quality through the provision of more innovative and engaging learning experiences for students.

Professor Gregory also led the development of a fully online Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching, which has enabled staff from all campuses to participate in professional development and achieve qualifications in learning and teaching.

She has extensive experience as an academic and manager at Swinburne and worked as a lecturer and senior lecturer in its former Faculty of Business and Enterprise.

While the HEA is UK-based, the past two years have seen a significant growth in the organisation’s work across Australasia. Initially led by the development of a Fellowship scheme at the Australian National University, there are now nearly 700 HEA Fellows across Australasia. Several Australasian institutions are working with the HEA to support their teaching development.

“I would like to thank Associate Professor Beth Beckmann (PFHEA) who provided me with invaluable support and has been instrumental in enabling Australian academics to apply and be assessed through the Australian National University Educational Fellowship Scheme accredited by the HEA,” Professor Gregory says.

“I look forward to supporting Swinburne colleagues in their applications to the HEA.”