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Dr Fiona Smart, Dr Fiona Smart PFHEA

Associate Professor: Learning and Teaching


Sighthill 7.B.37
t: (0131) 455 6112
e: f.smart@napier.ac.uk


Dr Fiona Smart is the Head of the Department of Learning and Teaching, a role which requires strategic vision and places partnership with academic and professional staff at the centre of her practice. She currently leads the Digitial Support Partnership project.


Fiona is a Visiting Scholar at the University of Malta and an Advance HE Accreditor and International Consultant, a role she values because it depends on collaboration with colleagues who are also committed to the enhancement of academic practice in students’ interests.


Fiona was the Convenor of the Scottish Higher Education Developers group, a community of practice which brings together the 19 Universities in Scotland to explore and develop the role of the educational developer until Sept 2020. She remains active in the SHED Community, including its Reading Group. When she was SHED’s Convenor, Fiona has forged links with the Educational Developers Caucus in Canada, enabling collaborative learning and debate. More recently she has guided the development of CAPED (China-Based Association for Partnership in Educational Development). Fiona is also a member of the UK’s HEDG (Heads of Educational Developers Group)​.


Fiona is the Deputy Lead of the Scottish Principal Fellows Network and is currently co-leading a QAA (Scotland) Collaborative Cluster Fund project focused on Principal Fellows as resilient academic leaders.


Fiona has a particular interest in curriculum design, assessment and feedback, the potential of dialogic approaches in professional recognition and arts-based pedagogy. She remains a nurse registrant – adult and child.


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