CDT student awarded Associate Fellow

Congratulations to postgraduate research student Alex Mackie, awarded Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy having successfully completed the Personal Pathway to professional recognition.

A postgraduate research student within the Advanced Metallics Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT), Alex is also involved in: teaching and supporting undergraduate students in laboratory practicals as well as taking part in public engagement and outreach activities.

The University's Learning & Teaching Professional Recognition Scheme (LTPRS) has been created to ensure all members of the University who teach or support learning have the opportunity to develop their practice and be recognised for their work whatever their role: academic, support or professional services staff. The Scheme is aligned to the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) for Teaching and Supporting Learning in Higher Education which is a nationally recognised framework for benchmarking success within higher education teaching and learning support

To find out more about becoming recognised for teaching and/or support of learning at The University of Sheffield please visit

I was introduced to the scheme by  Dr Julian Dean, recognising the Personal Pathway as something that would compound my professional, personal work, and experience from laboratory demonstrating and outreach activities into an internationally recognised accreditation.  Requirements included the creation of a portfolio to demonstrate how I met the appropriate standards in teaching and supporting learning in Higher Education, under the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF).

Alex Mackie / Advanced Metallics cdT postgraduate research student