We are delighted to say that the assessments for the 2014 Arts Development UK Professional Fellowship programme is now complete and that all entries for this year have been moderated by our Professional Development Working Party. As a result, we are happy to welcome a new cohort of professional fellowship holders for 2014/15, and certificates have now been sent to all participating members this week.
After moderation, it was recommended to award:
• 44 Senior Fellowships
• 10 Fellowships
• 6 Associate Fellowships
• 1 Certificate of Achievement
This is the 4th year of the Fellowship Programme and the scheme is very successful with participating members. The Professional Fellowship Programme awards enable our members to earn credits for their annual professional development and training experience and be certificated through our Fellowship programme. Credits are awarded in each calendar year for a range of different professional development initiatives completed, through services provided by ADUK or by other organisations. 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.
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. Organisational members of ADUK can register up to five individuals from their organisation on the Professional Fellowship Programme. Individual members have one place.
Katherine West, Chair of ADUK’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.”
As many people view the ADUK annual conference as a major contributor to their annual CPD, and as the conference is not taking place until February 2016, we have decided to change the start date for the next tranche of Fellowships in 2015/16 to start in April 2015 and to finish in March 2016. The scheme will therefore be launched at the ADUK conference in Feb 2016 and will then be open for new entries. What this space for more information.
For further information on the programme and how to apply, contact artsdevUK@aol.com.