Press Release

12 June 2014

Principal Lecturer in Primary Education, Dr Viv Wilson, has been awarded a National Teaching Fellowship by The Higher Education Academy (HEA), the most prestigious award for excellence in higher education teaching and support for learning.

Nominated by Canterbury Christ Church University, Dr Wilson received the award after successfully showing evidence of three criteria in her teaching: individual excellence, raising the profile of excellence and developing excellence.

Dr Viv Wilson said: “I am proud to have been selected for this award. I have been fortunate to be involved in the development of teacher education both in the UK and internationally, on behalf of the University. I hope to use the opportunities presented by the National Fellowship to continue my involvement in developing new approaches to learning and teaching in collaboration with the inspirational team of colleagues with whom I work.”

This year’s National Teaching Fellowships include academics from a diverse discipline range including Chemistry, Engineering, the Arts, Languages, Maths, Nursing, Education and Psychology. They also include learning enhancement specialists who work across the disciplines to develop innovative approaches to learning and teaching.

Professor Stephanie Marshall, Chief Executive of the HEA, said: “Each year I look forward with great anticipation to the announcement of our new National Teaching Fellows. It is always such an inspirational time as we welcome 55 outstanding teachers in higher education to our growing family of NTFs. This year is no exception.

“While their fields of expertise are many and varied, what they each hold in common is their commitment to learning and teaching, their dedication to their students, and their tenacity in sharing their expertise with others. What also strikes me about our National Teaching Fellows this year is their willingness to learn from others, showing us that learning is an ongoing process from which we can all benefit.

“Our students deserve the best possible learning experience and it is colleagues like those we celebrate today who can make a real difference to their futures. I congratulate all the successful Fellows and wish them every success in their own learning and teaching experiences.”

The scheme is funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England, the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales, and the Department for Employment and Learning in Northern Ireland, and is open to staff whose teaching or support roles enhance the student learning experience at institutions in England, Northern Ireland and Wales.

Notes to Editor

The successful National Teaching Fellows (NTFs) were chosen from over 180 nominations submitted by higher education institutions across England, Northern Ireland and Wales. Each will receive an award of £10,000 which will be used to support their professional development in teaching and learning or aspects of pedagogy.

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 across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 94% of our most recent UK graduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • We are the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2013 UCAS).
  • We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.

*2011/12 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey


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