National Teaching Fellow 2014
Professor Matthew Almond is recognised as an outstanding, multi-award winning practitioner. He has won the Reading students’ union student-led teaching award for best lecturer in the faculty of life sciences in 20I0 and 2013 and was short-listed in 2012; a unique record within his institution. Matthew’s pedagogy is focused around the students as partners philosophy and he has worked with students across a wide range of academic disciplines to enhance the student learning experience. He believes in a varied approach to teaching, combining old and new, and as such he has been at the forefront of the introduction of technology-enhanced learning at Reading.
Matthew recognises the importance of enhancing students' transferable skills as part of their curriculum, including professional and research skills. Throughout his career he has taken on a large number of important professional roles within his institution. These have included Head of Department of Chemistry, School Director of Teaching and Learning within the School of Chemistry, Food Sciences and Pharmacy and he is now Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. These appointments demonstrate his commitment to using his experience to lead and mentor others and to ensure that good practice is disseminated as widely as possible.
Matthew’s work has led to national and international recognition, and he is external examiner at three institutions as well as carrying out important roles with a number of professional bodies such as Royal Society of Chemistry, Higher Education Academy and Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education. He has taught at several overseas universities, including Auckland, New Zealand and NUIST, Nanjing, China. These roles have allowed him to raise the profile of excellence in teaching while maintaining a clear student-centred focus in his work.