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Sunderland professor a torchbearer for higher education

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Published on 06 July 2021

Advance HE Torchbearer
Advance HE Torchbearer

Professor Catherine Hayes has been named as one of the Advance HE Torchbearers in 2021.

Advance HE are promoting the work of innovators in assessment as torch bearers.

As a torchbearer, Catherine will be celebrating the integration of dialogic feedback into the University’s interdisciplinary professional doctorate module as an integral part of the programme, as the interactive map is launched this month.

Catherine is a Professor of Health Professions Pedagogy and Scholarship at the University of Sunderland, and Secretary of the Executive Board of the International Federation of National Teaching Fellows (IFNTF).

She said: “It is great to be part of a project with such reach and pedagogical impact and a wonderful opportunity to still work with international colleagues from across the world during a time when most of our travelling has been curtailed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

“As a National Teaching Fellow and Principal Fellow of Higher Education Advance it is also an opportunity to promote the UKPSF via Higher Education Advance and to encourage all of our colleagues here at Sunderland to apply for Fellowships at all levels of the UKPSF framework with Higher Education Advance.”  


Advance HE is a member-led, sector-owned charity that works with institutions and higher education across the world to improve higher education for staff, students and society. Their strategic goals are to enhance confidence and trust in HE, address systemic inequalities and advance education to meet the evolving needs of students and society, supports the work of our members and the HE sector. 

Their members are experts in higher education with a particular focus on enhancing teaching and learning, effective governance, leadership development and tackling inequalities through our equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) work. 

The International and Independent Distance Learning (IIDL) team at the University has also been accepted as torch bearers for two strands of their innovative assessment work. Alison Griffiths and Vikki Wynn will be sharing their work on innovations in dialogic assessment on the international PGCE in Early Years Teaching.

Dr Elizabeth Hidson, Ian Elliott, Simon Sheard and Jemma Bell will be sharing a complementary strand from the Vice-Chancellor’s Fellowship 2020-2021 Team Award project on the use of video-enhanced dialogic assessment on the Assessment-Only Route to QTS.