Fellows' views

July 11, 2003

Lesley-Jane Eales-Reynolds (2001 winner)
Director of microbiology and biomedical sciences undergraduate programmes, University of Surrey
"A few months ago I'm not sure I could have said I was very positive. Now I can safely say it gave me a sense of pride. Although my colleagues are still unclear about what a national teaching fellow is, the white paper's recognition of excellence in teaching as 'scholarship' is beginning to be accepted."

Peter Hartley (2000)
Professor of education development, University of Bradford
"Winning changed my life. It gave me financial support to pursue my projects and the confidence to apply for my new job."

Mick Healey (2000)
Professor of geography, University of Gloucestershire

"The award opened doors, led to invitations to talk to many groups at home and abroad and to opportunities for future collaborations."

Margaret Johnson (2001)
Assistant director (Teaching, Guidance and Learning Development), The Open University in London
"The NTF has done little as far as recognition and progression in my own institution. But it has allowed me to work on a project that has been extremely interesting. "I am leaving the OU at the end of my project to become a freelance consultant."

Ben Knights (2001)
Professor of English and cultural studies, University of Teesside
"I felt honoured to win. It's been difficult at times, but it it's brought recognition among people and institutions I respect. From August, I will be seconded from Teesside to Royal Holloway College to head the LTSN English Subject Centre."

Bob Rotheram (2002)
E-learning development manager, Nottingham Trent University
"It is easily the most significant event in my career. It has boosted my self-confidence and validated my belief in the importance of teaching."

Ruth Soetendorp (2001)
Centre for Intellectual Property Policy and Management, Bournemouth University
"I was invited to apply for, and received, a personal chair - perhaps because the NTF was seen as a capstone of many years of internationally recognised scholarly activity."

Mike Tinker (2002)
Senior physics lecturer, University of Reading
"It is far more pertinent to ask what it has meant to those we serve - students and colleagues."

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