Professor Grace Edwards
Professor Grace Edwards of the Aga Khan University's School of Nursing and Midwifery, East Africa (AKU-SONAM EA) was awarded a Senior Fellowship from Advance HE. She is the Foundation Professor for Midwifery Education and Practice at AKU-SONAM EA based out of Uganda.
Advance HE, formerly Higher Education Academy (HEA), is a professional institution based in the United Kingdom that works with universities to improve the quality of teaching and learning in Higher Education. This is accomplished by accrediting institutions that provide educational development as well as recognizing individuals who promote excellence in teaching practice through fellowships. The fellowships are awarded to educators after they have been evaluated based on the UK's Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF), which is the only national framework in the world that supports the development of learning and teaching staff in Higher Education.
The Senior Fellowship awarded to Professor Edwards is awarded to educators who have experience in managing and leading academic programmes as well as providing professional guidance in teaching and learning. This means that Professor Edwards is set to become a mentor and assessor with AKU's TEACH programme, a Continuous Professional Development (CPD) project for educators that was formally accredited by Advance HE, and she will be part of a team that facilitates skills training for junior faculty members of AKU.
Professor Edwards shared that "becoming a senior fellow in such a high-level organization reflects the quality of education offered by AKU, showing that we meet international benchmarks… This award recognises my academic contribution to midwifery and perfectly complements my Royal College of Midwives fellowship!"
In January 2018, AKU became HEA's first strategic partner in the developing world, and now, AKU-SONAM EA has the opportunity to contribute to excellence in teaching and learning through Professor Edwards. The AKU-SONAM community congratulates Professor Edwards on her award and continuous commitment to teaching practice.