Leeds academics recognised for teaching excellence
Two Leeds academics have received a National Teaching Fellowship (NTF), one of the most prestigious awards for higher education teaching.
National Teaching Fellows Dr Sarah Underwood and Dr Rafe Hallett
The Higher Education Academy (HEA) has announced that Dr Raphael Hallett, Director of the Leeds Institute for Teaching Excellence (LITE) and Associate Professor in Early Modern History, and Dr Sarah Underwood, Associate Professor of Enterprise and the Director of the Centre for Enterprise & Entrepreneurship Studies, have been made National Teaching Fellows in recognition of excellence in teaching.
The two awards strengthen the University's position as a leader in student education: National Teaching Fellowships have now been awarded to 24 academics at the University since the scheme began, one of the highest tallies of any university. The Universitys innovative programme
Dr Hallett said: "The NTF award helps shine a light on the amazing community of educators we have at Leeds, now given fresh prominence by the Leeds Institute for Teaching Excellence.
The award is especially satisfying for me since it rewards the experimental curriculum design projects I have been involved in at Leeds, and recognises the value of innovation as a catalyst for improving student learning.
Dr Underwood said:
Professor Tom Ward, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Student Education, said: The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme is an important national recognition of teaching excellence and achievement.The University of Leeds continues to excel in student education and it is with great pleasure that I congratulate our two latest National Teaching Fellows.
The Leeds Institute for Teaching Excellence represents a £3.5m investment by the University to inspire new ideas and practices in teaching and learning. The Institute provides funding, time and support for current and future student education leaders to develop their profile at the University and to carry out research and innovation projects with internal and external impact.
Professor Stephanie Marshall, HEA Chief Executive, said: I am so pleased the HEA has the opportunity to run these awards, and to help to disseminate the best practice they reveal. Celebrating great teaching, whether by teams or individuals, is really important and highlights just some of the great work in the sector to improve the student experience.
The HEA manages the National TFS on behalf of the Higher Education Funding Council for England, the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales, and the Department for the Economy (DfE) in Northern Ireland.
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