New Teaching Excellence Institute launches
The University is investing £3.5m in an institute to inspire new ideas and practices in teaching and learning.
With creative initiatives to bring together new and existing pockets of teaching excellence, the Leeds Institute for Teaching Excellence
Distinctively, the Institute is offering time as well as funding to university staff to encourage excellent pedagogic research, through its new Teaching Enhancement Projects (TEPs).
Staff will be seconded from their current teaching roles, dedicating
The TEPs will complement the Institutes prestigious Excellence and Innovation Fellowship Scheme, which offers year-long secondments and one visiting fellowship.
Professor Tom Ward, Deputy-Vice-Chancellor: Student Education, said:
Leeds has consistently led the way in student education and in particular in how to exploit the digital environment to further enhance the learning experience, especially among research-intensive universities. We have ambitious plans for the
As well as shaping teaching and learning policy here at Leeds, and more widely across the sector, one of the Institutes main goals is to host the Universitys
At a practical level, too, I want to be sure that Leeds is able to contribute rigorous research evidence and thinking to help shape the development of the Teaching Excellence Framework. The Institutes research will give rigour to our aspirations in relation to the TEF.
Leeds teaching excellence is being driven through talented teaching fellows, with Leeds being home to the highest number of National Teaching Fellows of any university.
Professor Ward added: As well as our National Teaching Fellowships record, few in our peer group can match our performance in the National Student Survey. This year, the University ranked second out of the 24 Russell Group institutions for overall satisfaction and joint third in the Russell Group for the teaching on my course category, behind Oxford and Cambridge.
This was a key element in being named The Times and Sunday Times University of the Year. This particularly commended our approach to our education, our research-based learning and our distinctive Leeds Curriculum.
Dr Raphael Hallett, Director of the Leeds Institute for Teaching Excellence, said: