National Teaching Fellow 2014
Dr Sara Houston is a tireless champion of professional development and work-related learning. She is also a leading figure in the community dance movement and has had oversight of national initiatives to safeguard quality and standards, and professional development in teaching and leading in the participatory and community dance sector.
University at the time of award: University of Exeter
Throughout her career, Professor Carol Evans has championed the development of inclusive participatory pedagogies within school, higher education and medical contexts. Carol is described as “an outstanding and hugely committed researcher and practitioner, extremely highly regarded by students and colleagues alike...[she is] successfully influencing the development of the next generation of teachers through the application of research”. (Accrediting Staff Professionalism in Research-Led Education (ASPIRE) Exeter, 2012)
Professor Mark Woolford has been involved in education in dentistry since 1984. He has worked at a number of dental schools around the UK, obtaining his PhD at the University of Dundee before returning to London to take up a post at what was to become (in 2000) King’s College London Dental School.
Professor Neil Witt began his academic career as a lecturer in marine navigation and communication systems in 1993 and has been using technology to enhance his students’ learning for the past 20 years. His role allows him to share his expertise in technology-enhanced learning (TEL) with colleagues across the University, partner colleges in the South West and across national and international HE sectors.
Dr Nicola Whitton is an educational researcher with 14 years’ experience in higher education: in teaching, technical, managerial, educational development, and research roles. She is dedicated to promoting active, collaborative and playful learning, and engaging with colleagues and learners to enhance practice.
Dr Rupert Ward is an innovative and reflective practitioner who has contributed to a broad range of technology and process-based improvements which have had a significant impact on student learning, both in the UK and internationally.
Combining expertise in computing, physics and education Rupert has been able to incorporate a broad range of educational perspectives into student-focused initiatives in virtual environments, mobile applications and web-based development in areas such as personal development, multimedia production, entrepreneurship, assessment and feedback, study planning and academic resourcing.
During her time at Sunderland Dr Wendy Thorley has been involved in several programmes as a consultant and programme leader.