Professor Stephen Colbran the first-ever CQU academic appointed a Principal Fellow to UK's Higher Education Academy

14 February 2022

CQUniversity's Head of College for the School of Law' Criminology and Justice Professor Stephen Colbran has been appointed to the United Kingdom's Higher Education Academy (HEA) as a Principal Fellow – the first-ever CQU academic to be appointed to such a prestigious role.

The HEA Principal Fellowship is only awarded to highly experienced professionals who are able to provide evidence of a sustained and effective record of impact at a strategic level in relation to teaching and learning' as part of a wider commitment to academic practice.

'It is a recognition of my many years of teaching and learning scholarship and higher education leadership and developing effective teams'' Prof Colbran said.

'Fellowships are awarded at four levels' with the principal fellowship being at the highest level. These awards are built on foundation of solid working relationships with others and a shared vision for what can be achieved together.'

Prof Colbran has been with CQU since 2012 and was instrumental in making CQU's Law program the most recognised online law degree in Australia.

The Fellowship recognises Prof Colbran's high level experience and wide-ranging strategic leadership responsibilities in connection with key aspects of teaching and supporting learning. It also demonstrates his institutional strategic leadership and systems development in the area of teaching and his impact and influence in relation to teaching and learning that extends beyond CQU.

'It demonstrates that CQU's Law courses are led by highly experienced academic staff dedicated to teaching and learning in an online environment. It is an international benchmark of quality of our courses'' he said.

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