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Bradford academic awarded National Teaching Fellowship


A University of Bradford academic has been awarded a National Teaching Fellowship.

Dr Julia Pansini-Murrell is one of 55 new National Teaching Fellows (NTFs) revealed by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) today (Thursday 8 December 2016).

A National Teaching Fellowship is the most prestigious individual award for excellence in teaching in higher education.

Dr Pansini-Murrell is Head of School and Lead Midwife Educator at the University’s School of Midwifery and Reproductive Health in the Faculty of Health.

Successful nominees were nominated by their institutions and submissions had to show evidence of three criteria: individual excellence, raising the profile of excellence, and developing excellence.

Dr Pansini-Murrell said: “I’m delighted to be awarded the National Teaching Fellowship, not only for my application of problem based learning (PBL) in Midwifery, but also a National Hysteroscopy programme too. I need to thank the academic and clinical peers who have believed and embraced my learning and teaching philosophy”.

Professor Stephanie Marshall, HEA Chief Executive, said, “I am so pleased the HEA has the opportunity to run these awards, and to help to disseminate the best practice they reveal. Celebrating great teaching, whether by teams or individuals, is really important and highlights just some of the great work in the sector to improve the student experience. All the awards provide compelling case studies of best practice which we can share around the sector. It’s also an opportunity for all of us to reflect on our own work, individually and as teams – what are we getting right, what can we learn, what could we do better?”

The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) celebrates excellent practice and outstanding achievement in learning and teaching in higher education. There are now over 750 NTFs, representing more than 40 discipline areas. The awards support individuals’ professional development in learning and teaching.