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Queen Mary Academy Fellowships

Queen Mary Academy Fellowships provide opportunities for staff to develop and share their educational and research practice.

Through this unique scheme, staff can apply for a Fellowship with a remit to address strategic educational needs across the University.

Fellowships are flexible part-time fixed-term secondments for staff looking to share their academic practice and expertise throughout the University.

As a Queen Mary Academy Fellow:

  • You will benefit from wider influence across your Faculty and throughout the University
  • You will be in a position to gain experience of implementing whole University strategy
  • You will be able to evidence your impact across Queen Mary, helping you to build a case for professional progression, and for sector-wide recognition through HEA Fellowship and associated awards

Fellows become part of a supportive community of Fellows, contributing and learning from others in turn. They will have the additional title of Queen Mary Academy Fellow for the duration of their appointment.

Strategic priorities

We are seeking expressions of interest for Fellows to share their knowledge and expertise in areas related to achieving the University’s 2030 Strategy, with a focus on the four pillars of education and student experience excellence. From time to time there will be opportunities to apply for a Fellowship on a specific topic or project. More information about opportunities  to apply for a Directed Call Fellowship is available on the second tab below.

Open call Fellowships

How to apply

1. Consider if a Fellowship is right for you. Do you have a specific project that you wish to set up or area that you want to explore? A Queen Mary Academy Fellowship will provide you with:

  • time for developing and sharing your educational research practice.
  • opportunities for gaining experience of institution level strategic projects, in areas relevant to your work
  • networking opportunities arising from belonging to the Queen Mary Academy's community of practice, including regular meetings with other Fellows

It is worth considering the criteria by which Queen Mary Academy Fellowships are awarded (see  ‘What Happens Next’ below) and also the support for your project within your School or Institute, as Fellowship projects need to align with personal, School/Institute and University-wide strategic aims

2. Submit a short expression of interest to qmacademy@qmul.ac.uk. You will then be asked to complete the  Queen Mary Academy Fellowship application form [DOC 21KB] and be invited to schedule an informal discussion about your proposed fellowship.  

3. You should approach your line manager to discuss the possibility of your application being supported by your School or Institute. The agreement of the relevant Head of School or Institute Director is required to release you to undertake a Fellowship. Line managers will consider whether it is possible to release an individual from their current role for the requested time period, taking account of the needs of the Faculty, School or Institute, the development needs of the member of staff and the School/Institute’s ability to ensure that the individual can return fully to the substantive role. The Queen Mary Academy can support line managers in any queries they may have about Fellowship arrangements and commitments, but it is expected that conversations about the suitability of the Fellowship from the School/Institute perspective will take place without Queen Mary Academy involvement.

4. Submit the completed application form to qmacademy@qmul.ac.uk. Applications must be supported by your School or Institute to be considered.

What happens next

Fellowship applications are considered by a panel, the members of which are nominated by the Vice-Principal (Education). They will look at the suitability of each application, considering:

  • Achievability of project in terms of scope, considering the time allocated and the proposed project outcomes
  • Alignment with the University’s 2030 Strategy and existing portfolio of projects and workstream.
  • How well the proposed project fits in with current Fellows’ work (for example if work is already being done on a specific topic, other projects may be prioritised).
  • Spread of Queen Mary Academy Fellows across Faculties, Schools and Institutes at the University.
  • Demonstrable evidence of a successful track record of delivering impactful educational project(s) in your
  • School/Institute, which have clear potential to be scaled up to address strategic needs across the University
  • The panel will make a recommendation to the Vice-Principal (Education), who will approve all Fellowship awards.
  • If successful, you will be sent the secondment agreement form, which will need to be signed by yourself and your Head of School/Institute.

Directed call Fellowships

Current Opportunities

There are currently no open directed calls.

How to apply

1. Consider if this Fellowship is right for you. Do you have experience which is relevant to the responsibilities set out in the Fellowship description? Do you have the support of your School/Institute to take up this opportunity?

2. You should approach your line manager to discuss the possibility of your application being supported by your School or Institute. The agreement of the relevant Head of School or Institute Director is required to release you to undertake a Fellowship.

Line managers will consider whether it is possible to release an individual from their current role for the requested time period, taking account of the needs of the Faculty, School or Institute, the development needs of the member of staff and the School/Institute’s ability to ensure that the individual can return fully to the substantive role. The Queen Mary Academy can support line managers in any queries they may have about Fellowship arrangements and commitments, but it is expected that conversations about the suitability of the Fellowship from the School/Institute perspective will take place without Queen Mary Academy involvement.

3. Submit the completed application form Queen Mary Academy Fellowship - Directed Call application form [DOC 24KB], sending it by email to qmacademy@qmul.ac.uk. Applications must be supported by your School or Institute to be considered.

What happens next

Fellowship applications are considered by a panel, the members of which are nominated by the Vice-Principal (Education). They will look at the suitability of each application, considering:

  • Understanding of the role and responsibilities of the Fellowship
  • Prior experience or expertise that would prepare a Fellow to take up the responsibities set out in the Fellowship description.
  • The panel will make a recommendation to the Vice-Principal (Education), who will approve all Fellowship awards.

If successful, you will be sent the secondment agreement form, which will need to be signed by yourself and your Head of School/Institute.

To find out more

please contact qmacademy@qmul.ac.uk

Email us

Timeline

Fellowships are generally awarded to begin at the start of a semester, though this can be flexible if there is a good reason for a different start date.

Fellowships normally last for 6-18 months. During the period of the Fellowship, the Academy will ‘buy-out’ up to one day a week of the Fellow’s time for the secondment.

The Fellowship panel is normally convened once a semester, prospective Fellows will be informed of the final decision within two weeks of the panel meeting.

The timeline for Directed Call Fellowships will vary, and will be made available as part of the call.

Current fellows

Previous fellows

  • Dr Sharan Sidhu January 2021 - December 2021
  • Dr James Strong January 2021 - June 2021

 

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