Academic awarded National Teaching Fellowship

11 June 2015

Jonathan Barnes, Senior Lecturer in the School of Teacher Education and Development, has been awarded a National Teaching Fellowship by The Higher Education Academy (HEA).

The National Teaching Fellowship is designed to recognise and reward excellence in higher education teaching and learning, and so contribute to raising its status.

With over twenty years teaching experience in all sectors of education, Jonathan has taught geography, art, music, English and history in primary and secondary schools in England, Germany, south Asia and east Africa.

Academic awarded National Teaching Fellowship

Jonathan Barnes

Jonathan’s personal interests in music, art, ceramics, drama and creative writing, as well as history and geography, have resulted in many publications on cross-curricular and creative learning. He writes regularly for the journal, Improving Schools and has presented annually at The British Education Research Association annual conference. 

Jonathan said: “I feel very humbled by the award, being highly conscious that any excellence I can show is released only because of the friendship and encouragement I have received from colleagues and students at Christ Church and before. I want to use this honour to resource research on the idea that a school ethos of inclusion, creativity and joy generates the fulfilment that makes personal and community progress possible.”

Professor Helen James, Pro Vice-Chancellor of Education and Student Experience at Canterbury Christ Church University, said: “I am delighted that Jonathan has been awarded a National Teaching Fellowship. It is very well deserved as Jonathan has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to ethical, creative and innovative education.

“In particular, Jonathan’s work on creativity and inter-disciplinarily has enriched not only his students’ learning, but also his colleagues within and beyond the University. It is clear that many have been inspired to value the transformative power of education at every level and developed a commitment to compassionate and positive pedagogy.”

Jonathan is currently working within the Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health as his research interest is in the relationships between the curriculum, the arts and children’s mental and social wellbeing. His most recent research project involves evaluating the impact of drama on children with speech, language and communication needs, working with the London Bubble Theatre Company.

Professor Stephanie Marshall, Chief Executive of the HEA, said: “The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme celebrates outstanding achievement in learning and teaching in higher education. Each year when I read about our new National Teaching Fellows what stands out for me are the comments made by their students, who describe them as innovative, engaging, entertaining, genuine, and passionate about teaching. This year is no exception. The new 2015 National Teaching Fellows we honour today are truly deserving of the award.”

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 awards ceremony will be held in Liverpool Cathedral in October this year.

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.

Read more about Jonathan Barnes' most recent research with the London Bubble Theatre Company.

Notes to Editor

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

With almost 18,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 97% of our 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.

*2012/13 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey


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