Press Release

28 July 2011

Robert Bowie, Senior Lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University, has been awarded a National Teaching Fellowship, one of the most prestigious awards for excellence in higher education teaching and support for learning.

The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme is part of an overall Higher Education Academy (HEA) programme to inspire and celebrate teacher excellence. 

Robert will receive £10,000 for his commitment in leading the secondary religious education courses at the University and was chosen from over 200 nominations submitted by higher education institutions across England, Northern Ireland and Wales. 

Robert, who works in the Faculty of Education, said: "I am delighted to receive the award, as it gives me the opportunity to extend and develop the projects I have been working on to improve the teaching of Religious Education and ethics. Ethics in the public and private spheres have never had so much attention in the media which only goes to underline their importance at all levels.”

Whilst teaching ethics in Kent, Robert became fascinated with different approaches to teaching ethical theories and issues. He pursued this interest through the education of Religious Education teachers and undergraduate ethics students.

Robert’s aim is to bring the best out in his students by nurturing their ideas and encouraging them to think and reflect on real life issues. He developed an approach which gives continuous supportive feedback through multi-staged assignments. One PCGE student commented: “Bob is a really inspiring tutor, enthusiastic and thought provoking. His passion for RE rubs off on student teachers and I hope that, because of this, we too can deliver RE in an equally passionate manner.”

Robert comments :“I have had the pleasure of working with very many school based mentors and Religious Education teachers at the beginning of their careers and admire their enthusiasm and expertise. I want to thank them for inspiring me and highlight the absolutely crucial role Religious Education has had over the last decade in preparing young people for modern life. I hope it continues to thrive and grow in the school curriculum.“

Robert will officially receive his award at a ceremony which will take place in London on Wednesday 5 October 2011.

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Notes to Editor

Robert successfully completed his doctorate and graduates in November 2011. A photograph is available of Robert, on request.

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With nearly 20,000 students, and five campuses across Kent, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional expertise.

  • In 2010 the Faculty of Education received ‘outstanding’ grades in its Ofsted report for primary, secondary and post-compulsory programmes, together with its employment-based routes into teaching. The University’s primary provision has the unique record of having been awarded the highest Ofsted grades in all inspections since 1996.
  • 94 % of our recent graduates gain employment or are in further study in the first six months after graduating (2009/10 DLHE survey).
  • Along with over a thousand undergraduate, postgraduate and professional training courses on offer, we are also home to world-leading and internationally recognised research in Education, History, Music and Sports Related Studies.
  • Canterbury Christ Church University was founded in 1962 by the Church of England as a teacher training college.


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