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Academic's 'team based learning approach' recognised with National Teaching Fellowship award


Dr Gemma Quinn

University of Bradford academic Dr Gemma Quinn has been awarded National Teaching Fellow status by Advance HE

Dr Quinn was among just 55 academics to win the coveted award this year. The award recognises teaching excellence, and, in her case, her approach to 'team-based learning' and 'authentic assessment'.

A registered pharmacist and independent prescriber, she worked in practice for seven years in London and Bradford, before joining the University part-time in 2008, moving to academia full-time teaching in 2010. In 2012, she was part of the development team that developed a new Master of Pharmacy curriculum using an approach called ‘team-based learning’ and went on to utilise this and ‘work-based assessment’ in postgraduate pharmacist education to help prepare pharmacists for the front line and future practice in the modern NHS. 

Dr Quinn, who will become Head of the School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences, from September, said: “This is a prestigious award and I feel honoured to receive it. My approach to teaching has always been to create authenticity in learning and assessment. In short, it is about being able to do the job.

“Pharmacists are increasingly called on to make more and more decisions with patients about their care, many of which would have been made by GPs in the past. My role as an educator is to empower them to be able to make those decisions and part of the way we do this is through using team-based learning and work-based assessments.” 

Advance HE announced the winners of the prestigious National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) and Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE) in 2023. 

Fifty-five new National Teaching Fellows are awarded along with 15 winning CATE teams, taking the total number of awards to 1,143 for NTFS since the scheme’s launch in 2000, and 119 for CATE since the first awards in 2016. All the winners are acknowledged for their outstanding contribution to excellent teaching and inspiring colleagues in higher education. 

View the full list of 2023 winners of the National Teaching Fellowship here [please note this link will be updated on 3 August] 

View the full list of 2023 winners of the Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence here [please note this link will be updated on 3 August] 

Alison Johns, Chief Executive, Advance HE, said: "Congratulations to all of the new National Teaching Fellows and CATE teams on this prestigious accolade which recognises and rewards their commitment to teaching and learning and the impact it has on student success. 

“It is with great pride that we run these awards for the UK higher education sector designed to celebrate these passionate people who make such a difference to students’ education and to the practice of their colleagues. We look forward to working with the new NTFs and CATE winners and sharing their excellent practice with colleagues around the sector.” 

An independent panel of senior higher education leaders, representing the four UK nations, assures the quality of the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme and Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence and recommends winners.   

Professor Becky Huxley-Binns (NTF, PFHEA), Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education at the University of Hull, and Chair, UK Teaching Excellence Awards Advisory Panel 2023, said: "Every year as we select the NTFS and CATE winners, we are in awe of these extraordinary and gifted people who are teaching with such professionalism, passion and commitment in higher education. This year was no different. 

“These awards are incredibly important in recognising and celebrating these people and in sharing 'what works' so that colleagues can build on their expertise too and students can enjoy the benefits of great practice in teaching and learning." 


The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme celebrates and recognises individuals who have made an outstanding impact on student outcomes and the teaching profession in UK higher education.  

This year, the new National Teaching Fellows represent all four UK nations and cross a broad range of disciplines including Nursing, Medicine and Paramedic Science, Sports Science, Architecture, Art and Design, Marketing, Music and the Performing Arts, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Degree Apprenticeships, Careers and Employability. Find out more  


The Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence recognises and rewards collaborative work that has had a demonstrable impact on teaching and learning and highlights the key role of teamwork in UK higher education.  

A trend across a number of this year’s winners is the establishing of effective multidisciplinary teams, including students, to advance healthcare education. Find out more