The Higher Education Academy (HEA) has today, 11 June 2015, announced that 55 higher education staff have been awarded National Teaching Fellowships, the most prestigious awards for excellence in higher education teaching and support for learning.
The successful National Teaching Fellows (NTFs) were chosen from over 180 nominations submitted by higher education institutions across England, Northern Ireland and Wales.
The scheme is funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England, the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales, the Department for Employment and Learning in Northern Ireland. It is open to staff whose teaching or support roles enhance the student learning experience.
Successful nominees were nominated by their institutions and submissions had to show evidence of three criteria: individual excellence, raising the profile of excellence and developing excellence.
This year’s NTFs include academics from a diverse discipline range including Chemistry, Film Production, Biomedical Ethics, and Linguistics. They also include learning enhancement specialists who work across the disciplines to develop innovative approaches to learning and teaching.
Professor Stephanie Marshall, Chief Executive of the HEA, said: “The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme celebrates outstanding achievement in learning and teaching in higher education. Each year when I read about our new National Teaching Fellows what stands out for me are the comments made by their students, who describe them as Innovative, engaging, entertaining, genuine, and passionate about teaching. This year is no exception. The new 2015 National Teaching Fellows we honour today are truly deserving of the award.
“Receiving a National Teaching Fellowship is just the beginning. They are an active community of passionate and enthusiastic professionals, working to enhance learning and teaching in their institutions and the sector. I’m delighted and honoured that the HEA manages such a valued, peer review-based scheme to recognise the very best in higher education teaching.”
Along with the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme, the HEA’s work in professional recognition of teaching includes the accreditation of institutions’ professional development programmes and individual recognition for staff who meet the criteria of the UK Professional Standards Framework.
The awards will be formally presented at a celebration event to be held at Liverpool Cathedral in October.
The National Teaching Fellows of 2015 are:
Professor Andy Adcroft University of Surrey
Dr Lara Alcock Loughborough University
Dr Mark Atlay University of Bedfordshire
Dr Jonathan Barnes Canterbury Christ Church University
Professor Gary Beauchamp Cardiff Metropolitan University
Dr Josie Billington University of Liverpool
Freya Billington University of Gloucestershire
Graeme Brooker Middlesex University
Dr Kevin Burden University of Hull
Dr Philip Carey Liverpool John Moores University
Professor Debby Cotton Plymouth University
Dr Susan Deacy University of Roehampton, London
Dr Christine Edmead University of Bath
Dr Sue Garton Aston University
Dr Jonathan Glazzard University of Huddersfield
Dr Stephen Greenwood Cardiff University
Dr Alke-Christiane Gröppel-Wegener Staffordshire University
Dr Momna Hejmadi University of Bath
Dr Karen Henderson University of the West of England
Marc Howe Oxford Brookes University
Wendy Johnston Liverpool John Moores University
Dr June Jones University of Birmingham
Dr Michelle Lefevre University of Sussex
Dr David Lewis University of Leeds
Professor Nigel Lockett University of Leeds
Dr Nicola Martin London South Bank University
Professor Catherine McDermott Kingston University
Professor Claire McGourlay University of Sheffield
Dr Liz Mellor York St John University
Dr Kay Mohanna Keele University
Professor Graham Mort Lancaster University
Ingrid Murphy Cardiff Metropolitan University
Dr Gabriele Neher University of Nottingham
Chrissi Nerantzi Manchester Metropolitan University
Marcia Ody University of Manchester
Dr Elizabeth Page University of Reading
Dr Andy Pitchford University of Gloucestershire
Dr Jane Pritchard University of Bristol
Dr Jane Saffell Imperial College London
Dr Jeanette Sakel University of the West of England
Dr David Sands University of Hull
Professor Kevin Singh Birmingham City University
Alan Smith Leeds Beckett University
Ben Sumner Guildhall School
Dr Rosalind Sunley University of Winchester
Dr Christine Szwed University of Birmingham
Professor Stephen Tee King’s College London
Dr Trevor Thompson University of Bristol
Simon Tweddell University of Bradford
Dr Alison Twells Sheffield Hallam University
Dr Simon Usherwood University of Surrey
Dr Jeff Waldock Sheffield Hallam University
Dr Catherine Watts University of Brighton
Dr Diane Westwood University of Sunderland
Dr Patricia Woodman University of Reading