National Teaching Fellow 2014
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. He is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the HEA and recently completed a period of sabbatical leave having been awarded a prestigious HEA International Scholarship visiting universities on three continents to further his research into student motivation.
For over 11 years Peter was Director of Undergraduate Studies in one of the largest Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Schools in the UK. As undergraduate director he was responsible for six Degree programmes and during this time he introduced two completely new programmes and a number of contemporary teaching and learning innovations. He teaches engineering design, machine analysis and project management.
Peter is an academic associate of Loughborough's Centre for Engineering and Design Education (CEDE) having been previously seconded to its forerunner organisation; the government-funded Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (engCETL) which offered a national support network for engineering lecturers, promoted stronger links with industry and developed new learning technologies.
His main pedagogic interest is in developing engaging activity-based learning methods. He has substantial experience of peer mentoring, peer assessment, working with industry and competitive educational events although he is perhaps best known for his work in team projects and leadership training. He was the founding father of the international award-winning Web-PA online peer-assessment project and has worked on many innovations that enhance student engagement.
Externally, Peter is an accredited teaching assessor involved in staff training and development; he has been the specialist subject adviser to the British University in Egypt (Cairo) for seven years and has run staff development courses in both Egypt and in the Russian Federation. He has sat on numerous course accreditation and validation panels in higher education and supervised PhD students studying Engineering Education.
Principal University Teacher