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Highest Teaching Accolade for Bradford Academics

24 June 10


Two academics from the University of Bradford have been awarded National Teaching Fellowships, the most prestigious award in higher education for excellence in teaching and assisting learning.

Following nominations from the University, Dean of Students, Becka Currant, and Director of Education for Sustainable Development, Dr Peter Hopkinson, have each been honoured with a Fellowship. Each will receive an award of £10,000 which can be used for their own professional development in teaching and learning.

The scheme is designed to raise the profile of teaching and learning and celebrates those individuals who significantly impact the student learning experience. A number of other teaching professionals across the country have received a Fellowship.

Becka Currant said: “I am incredibly honoured to have been named as a National Teaching Fellow. I have taken an unusual route through my career but my experiences have allowed me to take a holistic view of improving the student experience. I am particularly proud to have been awarded a Fellowship as an ex-Student Union Officer.”

Peter Hopkinson said: “To be recognised not only by the University, but also nationally, makes me incredibly proud. To be part of establishing the University’s Ecoversity initiative has been a fantastic experience and I am delighted to say that the University of Bradford is leading the way in embedding sustainability within education and all that the University does.

Both Fellows are previous award winners. Becka Currant in 2007 was awarded with the ‘Baroness Lockwood Award for Distinguished Teaching’ by the University of Bradford, an award of high calibre. Dr Peter Hopkinson was recognised on a national level through the ‘Times Higher Award for Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Development’ and through two HE Green Gown awards.

Professor Sue Law, Director of Academic Practice at the Academy comments: I am delighted to congratulate our new National Teaching Fellows:  their commitment and dedication to supporting learning, teaching and working to maximise student potential is most impressive.  Good teaching is the cornerstone of a positive student experience; we at the Academy work to support HE teachers in delivering a world-class service to their students.”

The awards will be presented to Fellows at a celebration event in London on Wednesday 29 September 2010.

24 June 10

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