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First Tranche of AD:uk Professional Fellowships have been awarded

Arts Development UK has recently completed its inaugural round of Professional Fellowship Programme awards, which enables members of the association to earn credits for their annual professional development and training experience and be certificated through a Fellowship programme. Credits are awarded in each calendar year for a range of different professional development initiatives completed, through services provided by AD:uk or by other organisations. The scheme enables members to qualify for one of three AD:uk Fellowship classifications:  

  • Associate Fellow
  • Fellow
  • Senior Fellow

 The Fellowship award is current for twelve months, and can be maintained and extended the following year through continuing professional development activities,  including attending seminars and conferences, managing study tours, personal training, writing reports, being a Trustee/board member or a range of other development opportunities, both within AD:uk and through external or work-related training/learning. 

In the challenging environment in which those involved in the community sector work, the Fellowship Programme has been designed to provide recognition for experience and expertise gained in the workplace. The Fellowship programme has been developed by G&M Associates and Business in the Arts NW, with funding through an Arts Council England grant. It is the result of a year-long consultation and assessment programme, which included discussion with a range of arts and cultural officers and senior managers in the local authority sector. Corporate members of AD:uk can register up to five individuals from their organisation on the Professional Fellowship Programme. Individual members have one place. 

Over 70 people participated in the awards programme in 2011. Out of these, Arts Development UK has awarded 50 fellowships, including: 

  • 32 Associate Fellowships
  • 12 Fellows , and
  • 6 Senior Fellows

 The certificated programme entails individuals completing an online survey of their annual professional development activities, with previous experience and qualifications also recorded as part of the assessment. 

Kath Holland, Community Arts Development Officer for Mole Valley, who has gained a Associate Fellowship, said ” It seems like a really good scheme and really makes you think outside the box in terms of what professional development opportunities can be tapped into, especially when there is little funding around for training courses.”
Katherine West, Chair of AD:uk’s Professional Development Working Party and Arts & Festivals Manager of Cheshire West & Chester Council said “Wherever you are in your career, AD:uk intends to help members to develop the latest skills, signposting them to relevant qualifications, helping them to learn more about arts development and making them part of a big community of respected professionals.” 

Sue Isherwood, Director of the National Culture Forum’s Leading Learning Programme, who was awarded a senior fellowship in the first tranche of awards, stated that “AD:uk’s initiative is most welcome. It is high time that the arts development professional found a way to recognise its distinctive approach to learning and doing so, I commend the fellowship pathways to all present and future members.’

The 2012 programme will start again in October 2012 for people to record their continuing professional development in the current year. We will be announcing the next round of awards by an e-mail alert, sent to all members about the annual audit of credits and categories of CPD activities in Autumn 2012.  The Administrator and the CPD Working Party will then meet to review a percentage of Fellowship CPD records. 
 For further information on the programme and how to apply, contact artsdevUK@aol.com.  Please note that the Professional Fellowship Programme is restricted to members of AD:uk, so if you have not yet joined (or rejoined) , now is the time.  Don’t miss out.