Celebrating 500 Fellows at Swansea University – our 100th Senior Fellow | Dathlu 500 Cymrawd ym Mhrifysgol Abertawe – ein 100fed Uwch Gymrawd

I enjoyed the opportunity for retrospective reflection and realisation that I have made a difference during my career

…it was necessary to take time and reflect with an open mind about the impact I had made in various arenas. It was not taking things at face value, rather looking in greater depth

About you:

My name is Megan Rosser. I am a nurse by profession and have been in education for twenty years in a variety of settings. I have been teaching in the College of Human and Health Sciences for 14 years and have held director positions for the past 11 years.


Why did gaining Fellowship recognition matter to you? Why apply?

I came back into the college following a period of secondment with Hywel Dda University Health Board and wanted to immerse myself in college business and activity and applying for the SFHEA seemed to be an effective method of focusing my mind and my reflections. I had previously been aware of others in the college gaining HEA recognition but never made the time to pursue the application.

I think it is good to have that formal affirmation from HEA that the time I have spent in education has had a positive impact on others. As a keen educator as opposed to full time researcher it is imperative that my teaching has a positive impact on students and in turn on patient care.


What did you “glean” from the process of preparing an application with reference to the UK PSF?

Initially it was hard to fit my teaching into the PSF, impact was not always explicit. It took time to think outside the box and relate teaching and scholarly activities to the criteria. I guess what I gleaned was that it was necessary to take time and reflect with an open mind about the impact I had made in various arenas. It was not taking things at face value, rather looking in greater depth. It was also clear at times that being modest was not the best way to complete the application and my mentor was invaluable in helping me be more decisive in my claims and my writing.


How it has impacted the way in which you think about educating learners in the Higher Education environment?

I think it made me realise that I could potentially become a bit of a dinosaur regards teaching approaches and that really I could do an awful lot more using a variety of methods and increased use of technology.


What is the most important element of the UKPSF in your opinion – the Areas of Activity, Core Knowledge or Professional Values – or any particular one and why?

I think for me it is the professional values. I teach nursing so for me if I value the students then hopefully I make them think about how to treat others and that vital sense of valuing that I extend to them is then reflected by them valuing patients and families that they are caring for. Without mutual respect it is hard to help students move forward. I am a nurse before I am a teacher/ facilitator and it is vital that I uphold the key professional values of nursing when supporting my students. I also believe there is a degree of transferability- my duty of care which I extended to patients when I was working with them is now extended to my students- without being paternalistic.


What were good parts of the application process? What things were more challenging?

I really valued the time to sit, research and write, it is a long time since I have prepared a significant piece of work. I enjoyed the opportunity for retrospective reflection and realisation that I have made a difference during my career. It is very easy to get caught on the treadmill and being forced to take time out and think about impact was really valuable. As stated previously I was extremely lucky to have such a supportive mentor whose advice was invaluable.
The more challenging aspects were
a) fitting my activities and impact into some of the more obscure (to me) criteria and also
b) talking myself up!
c) time is likely to be a challenge for all.


How you have continued to apply the standards of the UK PSF in your work since gaining that recognition? i.e. maintaining good standing.

I only had confirmation of my successful application last week so have not had much chance to think about it. However I am committed to providing the best I can to students, particularly my personal students so will continue to strive to work to the standards commensurate with the senior fellow award.


For someone not sure about applying, what words of encouragement could you offer?

I do think it is worth applying for fellowships. It is an opportunity to document all your teaching and learning activities and is affirming. In the busy world of HE it is too easy to get caught up in day to day things and not take time to reflect upon the impact we as individuals have on our students study and lives. For the nurses thinking about it it also feeds into our professional revalidation requirements.


What top tips would you offer to someone preparing a Fellowship application – any category?

Do it!
Find the time to sketch it out against UK PSF and identify and collect supporting evidence
Research for education theories
Work closely with your mentor
Attend the SALT sessions- they were really helpful.


What’s the key criterion for you about being a Senior Fellow?

I think for me, and because of my current position and previous activities, it is V1- respecting individuals and diverse learning communities- I have been involved in developing and delivering a number of programmes that facilitate non-traditional routes into professional programmes. This has resulted in many people accessing and completing a University education and becoming registered practitioners- something that they never expected to be able to do.


Fe wnes i mwynhau’r cyfle ar gyfer adlewyrchiad adolygol a’r sylweddoliad fy mod wedi gwneud newid yn ystod fy ngyrfa

… i gymryd amser ac adlewyrchu gydag ystyried ar yr effaith rydw i wedi gwneud mewn ardaloedd gwahanol. Rhaid weithiau cymryd pethau’n wynebwerth yn lle edrych mewn dyfnder

 

Amdanoch chi

Fy enw i yw Megan Rosser. Fy mhroffesiwn yw nyrs a dwi wedi bod mewn addysg am ugain mlynedd mewn amrywiaeth o rolau. Rydw i wedi bod yn dysgu yng Ngholeg y Gwyddorau Dynol ac Iechyd am 14 mlynedd ac wedi cael sawl rôl cyfarwyddwyr dros y 11 mlynedd diwethaf.


Pam oedd cael cydnabyddiaeth Cymrodoriaeth yn bwysig i chi? Pam gwneud cais?

Fe ddes i yn ôl i’r coleg yn dilyn cyfnod o secondiad gyda Bwrdd Iechyd Prifysgol Hywel Dda ac roeddwn eisiau ymdrwytho fy hun ym musnes a gweithgareddau colegol, roedd ceisio am SFHEA i weld yn ddull effeithiol i ffocysu fy meddwl a’m adlewyrchiad. Roeddwn yn ymwybodol o bobl eraill yn y coleg yn ennill cydnabyddiaeth yr AAU ond nid oeddwn wedi gwneud amser i ddilyn y cais.

Dwi’n meddwl ei fod yn dda i gael cadarnhad ffurfiol oddi wrth yr AAU bod yr amser dwi wedi gwario mewn addysg wedi cael effaith bositif ar eraill. Fel addysgwr awyddus yn groes i ymchwiliwr llawn amser, mae’n orfodol bod fy nysgu yn cael effaith bositif ar myfyrwyr ac mewn tro, ar ofal cleifion.


Beth gwnaethoch chi ei “gasglu” o’r broses o baratoi cais i Fframwaith Safonau Proffesiynol y DU?

Yn gyntaf, roedd yn galed i ffitio fy nysgu i mewn i’r Fframwaith Safonau Proffesiynol, nid yw effaith wastad yn eglur. Fe wnaeth cymryd amser i feddwl tu allan i’r bocs a pherthnasu gweithgareddau dysgu ac ysgolheigaidd i’r meini prawf. Beth nes i gasglu oedd ei fod yn angenrheidiol i gymryd amser ac adlewyrchu gydag ystyried ar yr effaith rydw i wedi gwneud mewn ardaloedd gwahanol. Rhaid weithiau cymryd pethau’n wynebwerth yn lle edrych mewn dyfnder. Roedd hefyd yn amlwg ar adegau, nid y ffordd orau i orffen y cais yw bod yn ddiymhongar, roedd fy mentor yn amhrisiadwy wrth helpu mi fod yn fwy bendant yn fy hawliadau a fy ysgrifennu.


Sut mae hyn wedi cael effaith ar y ffordd rydych yn ystyried addysgu dysgwyr yn yr amgylchedd Addysg Uwch?

Dwi’n meddwl ei fod wedi gwneud i mi sylweddoli bod potensial i mi fod yn ddinosor ynghylch dulliau dysgu a fy mod i’n gallu gwneud llawer mwy gan ddefnyddio amrywiaeth o ddulliau a chynyddu defnydd technoleg.


Beth yw’r elfen bwysicaf o Fframwaith Safonau Proffesiynol y DU yn eich barn chi?

Dwi’n meddwl i fi, y gwerthoedd proffesiynol. Dwi’n dysgu nyrsio, felly i fi os dwi’n parchu’r myfyrwyr, gobeithio byddai’n gwneud iddynt feddwl am sut i drin eraill. Mae’r synnwyr hanfodol o werthoedd proffesiynol dwi’n estyn iddyn nhw, yna’n adlewyrchu trwy nhw’n parchu cleifion a’u teuluoedd maent yn gofalu amdano. Heb parchu’n gilydd mae’n galed i helpu myfyrwyr symud ymlaen. Rydw i’n nyrs cyn dwi’n athrawes/hyrwyddwr ac mae’n hanfodol fy mod i’n cynnal gwerthoedd proffesiynol allweddol o nyrsio wrth cefnogi myfyrwyr. Dwi hefyd yn credu bod yna elfen o drosglwyddedd, mae fy nyletswydd gofal wnes i estyn i’m cleifion, nawr yn estyn i’m myfyrwyr – heb fod yn dadol.

Beth oedd rhannau da’r broses ymgeisio? Pa bethau oedd yn fwy heriol?

Fe wnes i werthfawrogi’r amser i eistedd, ymchwilio ac ysgrifennu, mae wedi bod yn amser hir ers i mi baratoi darn o waith arwyddocaol. Fe wnes i mwynhau’r cyfle ar gyfer adlewyrchiad adolygol a’r sylweddoliad fy mod wedi gwneud newid yn ystod fy ngyrfa. Mae’n hawdd iawn i gael ei ddala ar felin draed, felly wrth orfod cymryd amser i feddwl am effaith, mae’n werthfawr iawn. Fel dywed yn flaenorol, roeddwn i’n ffodus iawn i gael mentor cefnogol iawn, ac roedd y cyngor yn amhrisiadwy.

Y sialensiau mwyaf oedd

a) ffitio fy ngweithgareddau ac effaith i’r meini prawf mwy aneglur (i mi)

b) siarad yn dda am fy hun!

c) mae amser yn debygol o fod yn sialens i bawb.


Sut rydych chi wedi parhau i gymhwyso safonau Fframwaith Safonau Proffesiynol y DU yn eich gwaith ers cael y gydnabyddiaeth honno? Hynny yw, cynnal safon dda.

Ond yr wythnos diwethaf ges i’r cadarnhad o fy nghais llwyddiannus felly nad ydwyf wedi cael llawer o amser i feddwl amdano. Ond, rydw i’n ymrwymedig i ddarparu’r gorau gallaf i fyfyrwyr, yn enwedig gyda’n myfyrwyr personol felly byddaf yn parhau i ymdrechu i weithio i’r safonau sy’n cymesuro gyda Uwch Gymrawd.


I rywun nad yw’n siŵr os yw am wneud cais neu beidio, pa eiriau y gallech eu cynnig i’w annog?

Dwi’n credu ei fod yn werth ceisio am Gymrodoriaeth. Mae’n gyfle i ddogfennu’ch holl weithgareddau dysgu ac addysgu, mae’n gadarnhaol. Yn y byd prysur o AU, mae’n rhwydd iawn i ymgolli’ch hun mewn pethau diwrnodol ac i beidio adlewyrchu ar yr effaith rydym ni, fel unigolion, yn cael ar fywydau ac astudiaethau’r myfyrwyr. I’r nyrsys sydd yn meddwl amdano, mae hefyd yn bwydo i mewn i’n gofynion ail-ddilysiad proffesiynol.


Pa argymhellion y byddech yn eu cynnig i rywun sy’n paratoi cais am Gymrodoriaeth – unrhyw gategori?

Gwnewch e!

Ffeindiwch yr amser i’w mapio yn erbyn yr UKPSF ac i adnabod a chasglu tystiolaeth.

Ymchwiliwch am theorïau addysgol.

Gweithiwch yn agos gyda’ch mentor.

Mynychwch sesiynau SALT – roeddent yn ddefnyddiol iawn.


Beth yw’r criterion allweddol i chi ar gyfer bod yn Uwch Gymrawd?

I mi, ac oherwydd fy safle cyfoes a gweithgareddau blaenorol, V1. Parch tuag at ddysgwyr unigol a chymunedau dysgu amrywiol. Rydw i wedi bod ynghlwm â datblygu a trosglwyddo nifer o rhaglenni sydd yn hyrwyddo llwybrau an-traddodiadol i rhaglenni proffesiynol. Mae hyn wedi golygu wrth i bobl cael mynediad a chyflawni addysg y Brifysgol a dod yn ymarferydd cofrestredig – mae’n rhywbeth roeddent yn credu byddai byth yn bosib.

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