Press Release

27 October 2014

Dr Viv Wilson, Principal Lecturer in the School of Teacher Education and Development, has been awarded a National Teaching Fellowship by The Higher Education Academy (HEA)

Dr Viv Wilson and Professor Rama Thirunamachandran
Dr Viv Wilson and Professor Rama Thirunamachandran

The awards were presented by Canterbury Christ Church University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Rama Thirunamachandran, who is a Higher Education Academy Board member.

The National Teaching Fellowship is designed to recognise and reward excellence in higher education teaching and learning.

Dr Wilson started her career as a teacher of English and Drama, later becoming a teacher educator. Her work has linked teaching and research, with establishing and developing opportunities for professional learning in schools, initially in England and later internationally.

Between 2006 and 2010 Dr Wilson worked with teacher educators in Malaysia to develop graduate-level primary teacher education. As Programme Director, this required her to facilitate a radical revision of approaches to professional learning previously in place, while respecting the cultural context in which Malaysian student teachers and teacher educators were working. She is currently working collaboratively with teacher educators in Palestine to re-shape ways in which universities and schools work together to support professional learning, and to promote the importance of mentoring in teacher education.

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. She said: “I am proud to have been selected for this award, and it was a particular pleasure for it to have been presented by our own Vice-Chancellor.

“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, 55 National Teaching Fellowships were awarded to academics, and learning enhancement specialists, from a diverse range of disciplines, who work to develop innovative approaches to learning and teaching.

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

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.

  • 93% 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.


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