Tony Harris ICMP Dean

We’re thrilled to announce that Dr Tony Harris, ICMP’s Dean of Academic Studies, has been made a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) in recognition of his commitment to professionalism in higher education learning and teaching.

Principal Fellow is the HEA’s top level of fellowship. With only one per cent of HEA fellowships awarded at this level nationally, it’s an honour reserved for senior academics who’ve made a significant contribution to education within their own institution, both nationally and internationally. 

Dr Harris joins ICMP’s Chief Operating Officer, Pete Whittard, at this level, meaning ICMP now has two Principal Fellows on staff – an impressive achievement for a relatively small institution and one that outshines many of our contemporary music college and conservatoire competitors. At ICMP, we’ve long been renowned for the quality of our faculty, and we now count a growing number of HEA Fellows and Senior Fellows among it, too.

ICMP’s Chief Executive, Paul Kirkham, says Dr Harris’s accolade is extremely well deserved:

Tony has dedicated his entire career to music education, striving for academic excellence at every opportunity. We’re so fortunate to have access to his invaluable strategic vision here at ICMP, and we’d like to congratulate him on his remarkable success.” 

The Higher Education Academy is a sector representative body, committed to world-class teaching in higher education. It works in partnership with institutions and individuals, supporting student success, bringing the sector together to collaborate and share teaching strategies and practice – and, ultimately, delivering a higher-quality experience for students

Teaching professionals who gain HEA fellowship must be assessed against a hefty set of criteria and expectations. To achieve Principal Fellow accreditation, highly experienced academics must be able to attain these overarching measures: 

• Demonstrate a sustained record of effective strategic leadership in academic practice and academic development as a key contribution to high-quality student learning. 
• 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. 

We congratulate Dr Harris on his outstanding accomplishment, which further strengthens ICMP’s position as undisputed leaders in music education.

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