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National Teaching Fellows for 2012 announced by HEA

2 August 12


University of Bradford academic, Dr Christine Dearnley has been awarded a National Teaching Fellowship, the most prestigious award for excellence in higher education teaching and support for learning.

Dr Dearnley is the Associate Dean, Learning and Teaching in the School of Health Studies at the University and joins 54 other lecturers and learning support staff across the UK who have been recognised. 180 nominations for the awards were submitted and each will receive an award of £10,000 which may be used for Fellow's professional development in teaching and learning or aspects of education.

Dr Dearnley was awarded for her passion in widening participation and improving the student experience and outcomes. Her practice is guided by a strong philosophy of learning, which encompasses student autonomy and empowerment within a supported framework and is underpinned by the sound evidence base and model of student development that her research has generated. She has an extensive portfolio of research and development in learning, teaching and assessment, and has inspired institutional change in several areas. She also led the Mobile Enabled Disabled Students (MEDS) project, which identified the benefits and challenges that mobile technologies present to disabled students. A key element of MEDS was the collaborative working and learning together among the project team.

Professor Mark Cleary, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Bradford, said: "We are extremely proud that Dr Dearnley has been recognised with this prestigious award.  It is reflective of her commitment to learning and teaching here at Bradford and highlights, yet again, that the University has staff dedicated to making knowledge work for its students."

2 August 12

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