Dr Viv Wilson started her career as a teacher of English and Drama, and advisory teacher in Creative Arts, and became a teacher educator in 1984. She joined Canterbury Christ Church University in 1997 to develop partnerships between the University and primary schools, particularly focused on the work of school-based mentors.
Dr Peter Willmot is a practical mechanical engineer, an energetic, innovative, dedicated teacher and distinguished pedagogic researcher. He has extensive international experience, an eye for detail and significant experience of course design and leadership.
Kim Whittlestone trained as a veterinary surgeon and spent two years working in a small animal practice before focusing his attention on education. Realising on graduation how unprepared he was for working in practice, he began a lifelong exploration of how to better prepare students for the workplace.
Dr Ruth Whittle's approach to learning and teaching is largely shaped by her international experience as a student of English and American language and literature, French language and literature and pedagogy at the University of Bonn, Germany.
After a successful career as a physiotherapist, Dr Jackie Waterfield moved into higher education. Her principal interest is in the pedagogies related to professional development and the praxis of real-world learning and the classroom.
As learning, teaching and assessment lead for the Institute of Health and Society, Dr Penney Upton has directed a fundamental change to the structure for supporting and disseminating learning and teaching practice. Her innovative and collaborative approach, in which course leaders are engaged through a network forum, has been welcomed by staff at all levels and led to a much stronger learning and teaching community.
Dr Ian Turner is Assistant Head of Department at the University of Derby where he has worked for eight years. He is a creative and innovative lecturer whose personal teaching philosophy echoes the ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle’s famous quote, “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.”
Professor Malcolm Todd is the Dean of College of Law, Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Derby. At the time of his award, he was Head of one of Leeds Metropolitan University’s largest Schools, with 2300 student registrations in 2013, over 100 academic staff and 25 PhD students. The School includes the subject areas of Politics, International Relations, Peace Studies, Sociology, Psychology, Criminology and Speech and Language Therapy and recently launched a new University research Centre, The Centre for Applied Social Research.
Dr Tim Thompson has published over 35 papers in peer-reviewed journals and books and is a renowned expert on heat-induced apatite and crystallinity changes in bone. Most of his research on this focuses on the development of new analytical tools to examine this challenging biomaterial.