Annyza Tumar and Elaine Yong awarded Fellowships by Advance Higher Education, UK

Elaine Yong and Annyza Tumar
Elaine Yong and Annyza Tumar

The Fellowship from Advance HE is awarded to scholars of teaching and learning who have demonstrated competency in the ability to advance teaching and learning approaches in higher education that contributes to high quality student learning. Both Annyza and Elaine are the first two Sunway University recipients of this prestigious fellowship.

Annyza’s Senior Fellowship is a recognition for her leadership in providing support to other teachers in their scholarship of teaching and learning within higher evacuation. She has been tasked to develop the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Practice Programme for Sunway University, which requires all instructors to be fellows of AHE. Elaine, being one of the identified instructors for this postgraduate certificate programme received her fellowship by virtue of her completion of the Postgraduate

Annyza at a partnership event with OED at Lancaster University, seen here with Susan Armitage of OED, who is the lead trainer of the International PGCAP Programme at Sunway University, and Dr Phil Benachour, International Director for Faculty of Science and Technology at Lancaster University.
Annyza at a partnership event with OED at Lancaster University, seen here with Susan Armitage of OED, who is the lead trainer of the International PGCAP Programme at Sunway University, and Dr Phil Benachour, International Director for Faculty of Science and Technology at Lancaster University.

The typical route for obtaining the fellowship is to undergo AHE accredited programmes in the UK. Nevertheless, having gone through the PGCAP under the Lancaster University Staff Development Fund, Sunway University academic staff are able to apply directly to AHE to obtain their fellowships based on their scholarly work undertaken in their PGCAP coursework. According to Annyza, there are eight other applications for the fellowship from Sunway University for the year 2020. This fellowship is also supported by the Lancaster University Staff Development Fund.

Annyza has this to say about her senior fellowship, “I am very pleased with this recognition because it is evidence that our provision and support of academic staff is equivalent to the UK and international standards for the scholarship of teaching and learning. Our counterparts at Lancaster University’s Organisation and Educational Development (OED) are mostly senior fellows of the AHE, and they have set a benchmark for us.”

Annyza at a partnership event with OED at Lancaster University, seen here with Susan Armitage of OED, who is the lead trainer of the International PGCAP Programme at Sunway University, and Dr Phil Benachour, International Director for Faculty of Science and Technology at Lancaster University.

Elaine, who is also a PhD candidate at the Department of Psychology, commented that "I'm honoured and humbled to be accepted into the AHE fold on my first attempt. The fellowship is a personal reminder to continue making strides and taking giant leaps in my academic career to make my AED mentors and psychology department proud."

The Academic Enhancement Division at Sunway University has been working closely with OED at Lancaster University in developing teaching and learning competencies among academic staff at Sunway. This university partnership and close collaboration have successfully paved the way AHE fellowships at Sunway University. Lancaster University OED Lead Trainer for the International PGCAP Programme at Sunway University, Susan Armitage, shared that she is really pleased that her Sunway colleagues getting the recognition they deserve for supporting their fellow colleagues in the scholarship of teaching and learning. She also added that the most current batch of candidates are trained within an AHE accredited version of the PGCAP programme and will all be graduating as Fellows of the AHE when they complete their programme in August 2021.

Dr Ann Rosnida Md Deni, Tutor and Mentor for the PGCAP Programme, co-facilitating with Lead Trainer, Susan Armitage at a recent series of workshops at Sunway University.
Dr Ann Rosnida Md Deni, Tutor and Mentor for the PGCAP Programme, co-facilitating with Lead Trainer, Susan Armitage at a recent series of workshops at Sunway University.

Professor Alvin Ng Lai Oon, who heads the department is very pleased with Elaine’s fellowship. Prof Ng said, “Having a Fellow of the AHE in the department is a testament to our commitment to the improvement of teaching and learning at the university. Our partnership with Lancaster University on the PGCAP programme has been mutually beneficial and these fellowships demonstrate the programme’s success”. Being a PGCAP graduate of Lancaster University himself, he added that it is truly an impressive achievement to be recognized as a fellow. He is also very thrilled to learn that the current batch of trainees are undergoing an AHE accredited programme and will be graduating as Fellows when they complete their training in 2021.

The newest batch of PGCAP candidates in the thick of action during the recent programme at Sunway University. They will be graduating as Fellows of the AHE in August 2021
The newest batch of PGCAP candidates in the thick of action during the recent programme at Sunway University. They will be graduating as Fellows of the AHE in August 2021

Sunway University Vice Chancellor, Professor Graeme Wilkinson is also very pleased to hear of the fellowships being awarded. Prof Wilkinson said, “I am delighted that Annyza and Elaine have gained this recognition from Advance HE. As a university that places top quality teaching at the heart of our mission, I am thrilled that our staff are getting international recognition as leading professionals in teaching and learning. I congratulate them both on their impressive achievement”.

News of Annyza and Elaine’s achievements also reached Professor Dame Sue Black, Pro-Vice Chancellor Engagement of Lancaster University. She commented, “What a tremendous achievement! I congratulate both Annyza and Elaine on their fellowships. It is a reward for a lot of hard work. They are to be commended for their dedication to teaching quality and everyone is so proud of their achievement.”

We, at the university are very proud of Annyza Tumar and Elaine Yong for their achievements and we look forward to having more AHE Fellows from Sunway University. We wish them the best in their continued advancement as champions for the scholarship of teaching and learning in higher education.