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Katy Joy from UCSD receives renowned Principal Fellowship award

University Centre South Devon, part of South Devon College, is thrilled to announce that one of its staff members has been awarded the highly regarded and globally recognised Principal Fellowship Higher Education Award (PFHEA), joining an exclusive group of only 1% of Principal Fellows worldwide. 

Katy Joy, Curriculum Head for Initial Teacher Education and Community Learning, has received the Principal Fellowship Award from Advance Higher Education, after meeting all the criteria of the Professional Standards Framework (PSF) for teaching and supporting learning in higher education. 

Principal Fellowship is awarded to highly experienced professionals who can demonstrate they meet the criteria of Descriptor 4 of the PSF, involving a sustained record of effectiveness and positive impact in strategic leadership over a period of five to seven years. 

Katy Joy has 16 years’ experience of teaching, of which 12 of those have included Higher Education. Her specialism is Education and Outdoor Education. 

Katy Joy celebrates her Principal Fellowship Higher Education Award with Laurence Frewin, CEO of South Devon College, and Matt Harbour, Vice Principal of South Devon College

She said: “The application involved a written submission that demonstrated my sustained record of effective strategic leadership in academic practice and academic development as a key contribution to high quality student learning.  

“In order to achieve this, among other advocate statements, I had to provide evidence of my active commitment to, and championing of, all dimensions of the Framework, through work with students and staff, and in institutional developments. 

“It also highlighted my ability to establish effective organisational policies and/or strategies for supporting and promoting others (e.g. through mentoring, coaching) in delivering high quality teaching and support for learning.” 

Advance HE is a member-led charity of and for the sector that works with partners worldwide to improve higher education for staff, students and society and, according to Advance HE records, only just over 1,000 of total fellows worldwide are Principal Fellows, representing the full range of strategic leadership in higher education. 

Dr Kat Jones, Dean of Higher Education, Quality, and Academic Registrar at UCSD, said: “We’re extremely proud of Katy Joy and her achievements in the Principal Fellowship Higher Education Award. It’s an exceptional award and a true reflection of her commitment and dedication to education. Our students and academic community will continue to benefit from her experience and knowledge.” 

Principal Fellowship is recognised and valued worldwide and is a reflection of the recipient’s commitment to teaching, learning and the student experience, whilst highlighting personal development and strategic leadership.  

Katy continued: “I feel privileged to have my work recognised at this level and it has provided with me a sense of achievement for the work I have done to date and will continue to do.  

“I’d like to thank my colleagues at South Devon College for their continued support.” 

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