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Bradford Teaching Fellows and excellence awards

The University of Bradford is committed to recognising and celebrating the fantastic work of staff who consistently provide students with innovative and exceptional learning experiences.

Individuals and teams across the University have been recognised for their achievements in institutional and national teaching excellence awards.

AdvanceHE Teaching Excellence Awards

The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) and the Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE) showcase the outstanding impact of individuals and teams who teach or support learning in UK higher education, recognising their success and providing a platform to share the learning from their practice.

National Teaching Fellowship: The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme recognises, rewards and celebrates individuals who are judged to have made an outstanding impact on the student learning experience, and offers winners the opportunity to join an active community of excellence. The University is able to submit up to 3 nominations each year, and has a successful track record of developing National Teaching Fellows.

Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence: This national award aims to celebrate collaborative work in teaching and learning and looks to capture the creative and innovative practice that positively impacts on the student experience. The University is able to nominate one team for a CATE award each year.

Fellowships and nominees


Gemma Quinn (National Teaching Fellowship 2023)

Maryann Hardy (National Teaching Fellowship 2022)

Sarah George (National Teaching Fellowship 2017)

Simon Tweddell (National Teaching Fellowship 2015)


Irfan-Ullah Awan, David Elliott, and Mark Van Hoorebeek

Winners and nominees

2019 winner and 2018 nominee:

Physiotherapy Team, Faculty of Health Studies

2017 winner:

Pharmacy Curriculum Team, Faculty of Life Sciences

2016 nominee:

Midwifery & Reproductive Health Team, Faculty of Health Studies

Former colleagues awarded NTF while at Bradford

Bradford Teaching Fellow (BTF)

Presented to individuals and teams for their inspirational teaching and judged according to the AdvanceHE Teaching Excellence Award criteria.

As well as celebrating the positive impact they have on the learning experiences and achievements of our students, the awards support colleagues to progress their journey towards institutional nomination for a national teaching award or to progress to further Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

Bradford Teaching Fellow awards succeed the Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Teaching Excellence, the Baroness Lockwood Awards for Distinguished Teaching and the Chancellor's Awards for Distinguished Teaching. Fellows who continue to work at the University are listed below.

Awarded Bradford Fellow Teaching Status

  • Dr Sobia Kauser,  Associate Professor of Biomedical Science, School of Chemistry and Biosciences, Faculty of Life Sciences.

Awarded Bradford Teaching Fellow status

2021 Fellow:

  • Dr Claire Peyton, School of Chemistry and Bioscience, Faculty of Life Sciences 

2020 Fellows:

  • Muhammad Khawar, School of Management, Faculty of Management, Law and Social Sciences
  • Dr Carole Binns, School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Management, Law and Social Sciences

Received the Vice-Chancellor's Teaching Excellence Award

2019 recipient:

  • Dr Ben Jennings, Faculty of Life Sciences
    • For pioneering and innovative use of mixed-media to enable and support student learning of complex concepts.

2018 recipients:

  • Dr Keren Bielby-Clarke, Faculty of Life Sciences
    • For integrating technology in interdisciplinary teaching and inspiring and influencing the practice of others

  • Dr Gemma Quinn, Faculty of Life Sciences
    • For using team based learning (TBL) and e-portfolios to support active learning, and engaging regionally and nationally to improve patient safety

  • Physiotherapy & Sport Rehabilitation Team, Faculty of Health Studies
    • For engaging students in programme development, ongoing activities, and developing employability skills through innovative co-teaching approaches.

2017 recipients:

  • Dr Rana Tassabehji, Faculty of Management, Law and Social Sciences
    • For promoting life-long learning linking entrepreneurship education with real life practice and a strong commitment to research-led learning and teaching

  • Professor PB Anand, Faculty of Management, Law and Social Sciences
    • For a sustained record of excellent teaching placing student experience at the heart of learning with clear evidence of transformational attainment among postgraduate international students

  • Midwifery & Reproductive Health Team, Faculty of Health Studies
    • For an innovative and student centred approach using problem-based learning (PBL) to raise engagement in midwifery education.

Received the Vice-Chancellor's Teaching Excellence Award

2016 recipients:

  • Dr Louise Comerford-Boyes, Faculty of Management, Law and Social Sciences
    • For high quality pedagogic research impacting the professional development of her colleagues and improving the student learning experience through quality and enhancement work

  • Dr Fiona Macaulay, Faculty of Management, Law and Social Sciences
    • For embedding gender analysis and participatory reflective discussions within the curriculum

2015 recipients:

  • Ruth Lefever, Student Experience and Success Team
    • For the development of the Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) Scheme, its positive impact and potential for development graduate attribute/employability skills, and for providing the University with a positive example of good practice in student engagement.

  • Dr Steve Dockrill and Dr Julie Bond, Faculty of Life Sciences
    • For research-led approaches to teaching Archaeology engaging students in authentic, real-world learning and developing graduate attributes and employability skills.

2014 recipients:

  • Michael Allhouse, Bradford University Students’ Union
  • Digitised Diseases Team, Faculty of Life Sciences
  • STEM at Bradford Team, Faculty of Life Sciences
  • Developing Academic Good Practice Team, Library and Information Services
  • MPharmacy Curriculum Team, Faculty of Life Sciences

Received the Baroness Lockwood Award for Distinguished Teaching

2010 recipients:

  • Professor Tim Gough, Faculty of Engineering and Informatics
    • For renewing the teaching and practice of Fluid Mechanics, Aerodynamics and Scientific Principles with enthusiasm, innovative approaches to technology and improvements driven by student feedback

  • Stuart Walker, Disability Services
    • For excellence in supporting disabled students across the University through a collaborative and research-led approach to evaluating and deploying assistive technologies

  • Dr Zahid Hussain, Faculty of Management, Law and Social Sciences
    • For excellence in supporting students with different learning needs in the rapidly changing field of Operations and Information Management

2009 recipients:

  • Dr Jill Thompson, Faculty of Life Sciences
    • For effectively applying experiential problem-based learning approaches within Archaeology, Geography & Environmental Science and her extensive impact on student learning

  • Dr Mark Van Hoorebeek, Faculty of Management, Law and Social Sciences
    • For establishing national expertise at the forefront of using e-learning technologies and for integrating social media and student response systems in Legal Education

2008 recipient:

  • Ruth Whitfield, Learning Teaching and Quality Enhancement
    • For introducing and evaluating modern technologies blended with traditional support, and for inspiring colleagues across the University to provide the new learning and teaching methods of the future to Bradford students

Received the Chancellor's Award for Distinguished Teaching

2001 recipients

  • PB Anand, Faculty of Management, Law and Social Sciences
    • For active engagement and research-informed teaching at Masters’ level of Environmental Economics, Policy and Project Planning
  • Rob Janaway, Faculty of Life Sciences
    • For embedding practical teaching of Forensic Archaeology and ancient textiles in the curriculum
  • David Elliott, Faculty of Life Sciences 
    • For a significant contribution to developing professionally informed clinical training in Optometry at Bradford and throughout the UK
  • Chakib Kara-Zaïtri, Faculty of Engineering and Informatics
    • For a substantial contribution to innovative teaching of Industrial Technology at all levels in Bradford and internationally

1999 recipient

  • Richard Bowen, Faculty of Life Sciences
    • For excellent practice in interactively teaching Organic Chemistry reaction mechanisms

1998 recipient

  • John Purvis, Faculty of Life Sciences
    • For the development of a wide range of appropriate and stimulating learning methods in postgraduate and continuing professional Pharmacy Practice education

UBU Student-Led Teaching Awards

Each year, the Bradford University Students' Union (UBU) hosts the Student Leadership Awards. This is a special occasion where the University and Students Union celebrate the wonderful achievements of our student body. In 2019, the Students' Union also introduced a staff award category, the Student-Led Teaching Award, for excellence in teaching, supporting students, and going above and beyond for the student experience.