Press Releases 2016

UWTSD’s Professor Ian Wells is awarded a Principal Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy


University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s Professor Ian Wells has been awarded a Principal Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) – the highest level of teaching recognition in UK Higher Education. Principal Fellowship is awarded to professionals with a sustained record of strategic impact, who are committed to wider strategic leadership in teaching.

Professor Wells said: “I am delighted to receive the honour of becoming one of the few people in Wales to achieve the level of Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I will hope to continue to develop my work in teaching and learning both at the University and Nationally in my work with University partners and beyond.”

Professor Wells has worked in the University sector since 1986 as Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Head of School, Assistant Dean, and Professor of DSP, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Student Experience) (PVC (SE)) at UWTSD and is now Head of School of Applied Computing and The Wales Informatics Institute Project Director.

He is a Professor of Digital Signal Processing; a Fellow of the British Computer Society; a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.

As a Professor in Digital Signal Processing (DSP) he engages in personal research, publishing papers and supervising research students. Professor Wells’ personal research interests include sensor networks (both terrestrial and underwater), ultrasonic non-destructive testing (NDT), medical signal processing, communications systems and computer networks.

Professor Wells is also a member of the Cross Party Group on Science and Technology at the Welsh Assembly Government, which advises Assembly Members on matters related to science and technology. He is a committee member of the National Council of the Professors and Heads of Computing (CPHC) and a founder member of the Welsh section of this organisation. He is also currently chair of the Wales South West branch of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

The Higher Education Academy (HEA) is the national body which champions teaching quality. It provides value to the HE sector by focusing on the contribution of teaching as part of the wider student learning experience. Its mission is to improve learning outcomes by raising the quality and status of teaching in higher education as an essential driver for student success. 

Working in partnership with institutions and individual educators to support and continuously improve teaching quality, at the core of its work is the UK Professional Standards Framework, which is a benchmark for standards throughout the stages of an individual’s career.