National Teaching Fellowships announced

Professor Martin Levesley has been awarded a National Teaching Fellowship from the Higher Education Academy. His success brings our total to 16 National Teaching Fellows, more than any other English university.

As one of just 50 award winners chosen from 203 nominations submitted by further and higher education institutions, he will receive an award of £10,000 to be used for professional development in teaching and learning or aspects of pedagogy.

The individual strand of the scheme provides a national focus for institutional teaching and learning excellence schemes. It aims to raise the profile of learning and teaching, recognising and celebrating individuals who make an outstanding impact on the student learning experience.

Professor Levesley has always harnessed his enthusiasm for innovation to make his teaching more effective. Over many years he has introduced new technology and novel approaches to improve the student learning experience, leading to a University Teaching Fellowship to support him in developing these further.

One particular example of his innovative approach is ReLOAD, a novel system he developed to give almost unlimited access to experimental equipment in real-time via the web. Initially developed to improve his own students' access to laboratory experiments, it now enables students and staff from other universities in the UK and abroad to benefit from his approach by allowing them access to ReLOAD-enabled equipment in Leeds. He now plans to enable other universities to develop their own ReLOAD equipment.

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