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Dr Sandra Zijlstra-Shaw from the School of Clinical Dentistry awarded a Principal Fellowship by the Higher Education Academy.
The School is delighted to announce Dr Sandra Zijlstra-Shaw has been awarded the title of Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). The HEA awards Principal Fellowships in recognition of a sustained and effective record of impact at strategic level and a wider commitment to academic practice and strategic leadership in teaching and enhancing the student learning experience at a national or international level. She joins a small group of Principal Fellows of the HEA at The University of Sheffield and around 600 Principal Fellows worldwide.
I am delighted to receive this recognition for both my duties as deputy Director of Learning and Teaching in the School of Clinical Dentistry and my education research with its wider impact on the area of assessment of professionalism. I am grateful for the support of the School in allowing me to develop educational activities, which I believe, improve the students’ educational experience. I have been described as “challenging the conventional activities of dental schools and questioning what is core to dental education”. I firmly believe that we should challenge boundaries and encourage my students to do the same, with the twin goals of quality care for patients and quality education for all.