Prestigious award for academic

Mick HarperDr Mick Harper, Faculty of Science, has been awarded a Principal Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. He is one of only 695 on the register and is the 8th Principal Fellow at the University of Portsmouth.

HEA Principal Fellowships are the highest level of award granted by the Academy and are awarded to those who have displayed ‘a sustained, effective record of strategic impact at institutional, national or international level’ and are ‘committed to wider strategic leadership in teaching.’

As the Technology Enhancing Learning Lead in the School of Health Sciences and Social Work, Mick began his academic career after qualifying as an Operating Department Practitioner. Mick has been keen to develop alternative learning strategies for health professional education and has played a lead role in simulation learning activities for student operating department practitioners, paramedics, and emergency care practitioners.

Teaching is his passion, particularly trying to make the teaching and learning experience more effective, inclusive and engaging for all involved. His research interests are broad, ranging from the evaluation of robotic surgical techniques to preserving urological nerve function, using virtual reality to support student learning and the application of innovative pedagogies to support a wide range of students.

Mick says ‘I am very proud to have achieved this outstanding award and look forward to working more closely with the HEA and colleagues in the pursuance of excellence in teaching and learning.’

In accordance with our University Strategy, one of our KPI’s is to increase the number of academic staff who meet HE Academy criteria as Fellows from 56 per cent to 75 per cent.

If you have an established academic career with substantial strategic responsibilities and you’re seeking to exert influence within the sector, an HEA Principal Fellowship could add great value to your professional teaching experience. Find out more about the Principal Fellowships here.





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