Posted: 27 June 2013
Julie Hall, Director of Learning and Teaching Enhancement at the University of Roehampton, has been awarded a National Teaching Fellowship by the Higher Education Academy (HEA). This prestigious award has been given in recognition of Julie’s sustained impact on student learning in higher education.
55 National Teaching Fellowships are awarded every year by the HEA, selected from over 180 nominations from higher education institutions across England, Northern Ireland and Wales. Individuals are proposed by their institutions and have to provide evidence of developing, raising the profile of, as well as individual, excellence.
The award recognizes that Julie is renowned both internationally and nationally for her work to enhance teaching and for engaging students in projects. She has been invited to speak at events across the world including in Canada, Japan and Barbados. In 2010, Julie was invited to join a small expert panel advising David Willetts on teaching quality in universities. She has also advised the Quality Assurance Agency. Julie is a Senior Fellow of the Staff and Educational Development Association and Vice-chair of that organisation. She is also the UK representative of the International Consortium of Educational Development Julie is currently working with students and colleagues at Roehampton on a funded project to close the attainment gap for Black and minority ethnic students.
Paul O’Prey, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Roehampton praised Julie’s commitment to excellent teaching and student empowerment: “It is only right and fitting that Julie should be the recipient of a National Teaching Fellowship. Her enthusiasm for ensuring that all students receive the highest level of teaching excellence and her ability to get students engaged is an inspiration to all of her colleagues. We all know that Julie has always practiced what she preached and now that has been acknowledged by the HEA. It is in part down to Julie’s dedication to the achievement of excellence by all that the University now has seven Fellows; an extraordinary accomplishment for an institution of our size. This award is much deserved and I commend her success”.
On hearing that she was the recipient of a Fellowship, Julie said: “It is a real honour to receive this award because it recognises that student engagement is at the heart of the University of Roehampton and that teaching is something we take very seriously here. I am very lucky to work at a University and with such wonderful colleagues and students to make engaged teaching a reality.’
On announcing this year’s new National Teaching Fellows, Professor Craig Mahoney, Chief Executive of the HEA, said: “The 55 new National Teaching Fellows announced today are all an inspiration to me. They have each made a significant impact on the teaching at their own institution, and many of them even further afield. With NTFs from across all the Mission Groups and from each of the three participating countries of the UK – England, Northern Ireland and Wales – I am sure the new NTFs will also be an inspiration to their peers.
“Becoming a National Teaching Fellow is a great honour and will undoubtedly lead to many new and exciting challenges, but I believe that it is students who will benefit most from these awards. Our students deserve the best possible learning experience and it is colleagues like those we celebrate today who can make a real difference to their futures. I congratulate all the successful Fellows and wish them every success in their own learning and teaching experiences.”
Each Fellow receives an award of £10,000 which is to be used to support their professional development in teaching and learning or aspects of pedagogy. The scheme is funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England, the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales, and the Department for Employment and Learning in Northern Ireland, and is open to staff whose teaching or support roles enhance the student learning experience at institutions in England, Northern Ireland and Wales.
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