College-based higher education is something that Clare Sutton is truly passionate about; so much so in fact that it is the subject of her thesis.

Now the Course Leader for FdA Supporting Teaching and Learning, FdA Early Years and BA Education and Training at Stockton Riverside College, has been awarded the Fellowship for Advanced HE.

“It is professional recognition for working in higher education and achieving UK professional standards,” she said.  The standard also opens up access to a wide range of exclusive additional professional resources.

Having worked in higher education in a college environment for six years, five at Stockton Riverside College, Clare said: “I am passionate about the fact that as a college we can give people the opportunity to come back into education, perhaps after taking a significant break.” 

Having returned to college as an adult learner herself, she understands the thoughts, emotions and challenges some students face.

She said: “Many of our higher education students are that little bit older and often juggling families and work.” 

A firm believer in lifelong education, her own studies continue, now working towards a PhD with Durham University.

Of receiving the Fellowship for Advanced HE she said: “I am so passionate about what I do, it is something that I wanted for my own professional development. I am quite pleased as it does mean a lot. It is recognition for what I do, and I am proud of what I have achieved.”

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