National Teaching Fellows 2016

  • Dr Sam Nolan has occupied a number of roles at Durham University. His focus has grown from personal innovation in teaching and support of his own students, to supporting students and staff more broadly across the university. He has become increasingly interested in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), and actively publishes and supports others to share best practice within their disciplines.

  • Dr Sarah Curran started her academic career in 2001 at the University of Bristol as a research assistant and moved to Cardiff Metropolitan University as a lecturer a year later, progressing to her current role as Reader and Principal Lecturer.

  • Dr Sarah Dyer is a Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Exeter. Since joining the department in 2011 she has championed inquiry-led teaching, collaborative learning, and writing for authentic audiences.

  • Dr Sarah Scott is Associate Professor in the School of Archaeology and Ancient History, University of Leicester. She received a University ‘Distinguished Teaching Fellowship’ in recognition of teaching excellence in July 2013 and became a Senior Fellow of the HEA in 2015.

  • Following a career as a community nurse specialising in school nursing, Sarah Sherwin moved to work within higher education. She has extensive experience as the course leader for Specialist Community Public Health Nursing School Nursing, and is involved in delivering a range of modules at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.  Sarah is committed to delivering teaching in innovative ways to inspire and actively engage students in their own learning and development.

  • Since joining the University of Leeds, Dr Sarah Underwood has developed a range of enterprise-related modules and activities for all undergraduates and more specifically for medical and healthcare students. She has established the new discipline of social enterprise at the university and launched many new elective modules as well as an MSc in Enterprise. 

  • On completion of her training Dr Sharon Edwards worked for two years as a senior staff nurse on an acute medical ward, where she consolidated her training and developed practical and managerial skills. Following this position she transferred clinical experience to cardiac and respiratory specialties and intensive care nursing. Her philosophy of delivering patient care consists of the holistic approach and involves the multi-disciplinary team, relatives, partners and significant others.

  • Dr Simon Jones has enjoyed a successful international career as a violinist spanning over thirty years. His teaching practice stems naturally from his performance work, and focuses on facilitating exposure to the broadest possible learning experience for his students, developing the wide range of skills necessary for success in today’s music industry.

  • Dr Simon Thompson is Head of Education at the University of Sussex and leads a growing department of teaching and research faculty who promote the learning of over 1000 students. Formerly Director of Initial Teacher Education and leader of the History PGCE, Simon still maintains a personal teaching portfolio including contributions to foundation year modules, undergraduates, postgraduates, professional learning communities and doctoral students