Top teachers win £10k for making an outstanding impact

June 30, 2006

England's and Northern Ireland's top 50 university teachers and learning support staff were announced this week, writes Jessica Shepherd.

The Higher Education Academy chose the winners from 242 nominees from universities and higher education colleges.

The 50 winners have become National Teaching fellows and will each receive £10,000 towards helping students to learn.

Lecturers and support staff within the education and health science disciplines were the best represented, with 17 winners. Leeds University had three winners, the most of any institution.

Judges chose the fellows for their "outstanding impact on the student learning experience".

The winners include Dan Lloyd, a pharmacology lecturer at Kent University, whose undergraduates have turned research projects into magazine articles, CD-Roms and websites.

Simon Sweeney (pictured), head of the masters in international studies at York St John University, was given the award for excellence in teaching and an innovative use of the curriculum.

Peter Weigold, a music professor at Brunel University, encouraged his students to perform in schools, hospitals and residential homes.

The awards were open to all higher education staff involved in student learning. There were a maximum of three entries per institution.

Paul Ramsden, HEA chief executive, said: "The awards aim to raise the profile of learning and teaching; recognise and celebrate individuals who make an outstanding impact on the student learning experiences; and provide a national focus for institutional teaching and learning excellence schemes."


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