National Teaching Fellow 2014
As learning, teaching and assessment (LTA) 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. Passionate about the importance of using feedback for learning, Penney has a particular interest in the use of e-learning and innovative assessment and feedback methods. In 2012, she was awarded a Senior University Teaching Fellowship in recognition of her significant contribution to innovations in learning and teaching at the University. Penney has also authored three Developmental Psychology textbooks for undergraduate students and co-edited a series of ‘test yourself’ guides for Psychology students which cover the core British Psychological Society (BPS) areas.
A Chartered Teacher and Researcher in Psychology, Penney is also an Associate Fellow of the BPS and a Fellow of the HEA. Very much a ‘lifespan’ developmentalist, her specialist teaching area concerns human development and wellbeing across the lifespan. An active researcher, Penney has published widely on subjects including the impact of chronic illness on children’s quality of life, approaches to changing risky health behaviours such as smoking in adulthood, and the use of touchscreen technology to enhance the wellbeing of older adults with dementia. Penney is also committed to developing clinical and teaching practice which is evidence-based. She is particularly proud of the international impact which the evidence-based practice questionnaire, a measure of knowledge, attitudes and behaviour developed as a part of her MPhil, has had in both clinical and educational settings.
University of Worcester