Derby duo scoop top honours

A duo of lecturers from the University of Derby have been awarded with a top National Teaching Fellowship (NTF)

Dr Ian Turner, Deputy Head of Forensic Science, Life and Natural Sciences and Professor Malcolm Todd, Dean of College of Law, Humanities & Social Sciences were awarded at a gala dinner in Liverpool Cathedral.

Each NTF receives a personal award of £10,000 spend on learning and teaching related activities.

The NTF scheme – funded by the Higher Education Funding Councils for England and for Wales, and the Department for Employment and Learning in Northern Ireland – annually recognises and rewards a small number of people responsible for excellent learning and teaching, in higher and further education institutions.

In eight years at Derby, Ian has become well-known as an inspiring and entertaining lecturer, both for students and in the public lectures he regularly gives.

Ian said: “I’m delighted to receive the National Teaching Award and be recognised for something I love.  For me, the most delightful aspect of the award was during the application process when I received lots of wonderful and inspiring feedback from current students and graduates.

“I hope to use this award and the ANTF network to further improve my teaching and assessment and the experience of University of Derby students.”

Malcom was awarded a NTF for his particular interest in how to best support the undergraduate student learning experience, especially how students can succeed in the transition to University learning.  He has published widely on learning and teaching matters in the social sciences, especially around the themes of learner autonomy, work-based learning and the teaching of race and ethnicity.

Malcolm said: ‘I am enormously grateful and honoured to have been awarded a National Teaching Fellowship. I’m looking forward to taking my work forward on the internationalisation of higher education and the benefits this brings to our students.”



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