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Prestigious national fellowship for Leeds Beckett lecturer


Jayne Mothersdale, Principal Lecturer in Leeds Beckett University’s Business School has been announced as a National Teaching Fellow (NTF) by the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

Prestigious national fellowship for Leeds Beckett lecturer

The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) recognises, rewards and celebrates individuals who have made an outstanding impact on student learning and the teaching profession.

Jayne said: “I am honoured and humbled to have been afforded the status of National Teaching Fellow by the HEA. I am grateful for the support of colleagues, and students, who have helped me develop over the many years I have been with Leeds Beckett University. 

“I am passionate about what I do and it is truly special to have that passion and commitment to teaching recognised on the national stage.”

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.
Jayne is a highly creative early adopter of new technologies and approaches, with a history of innovation in flexible learning and curriculum design and delivery.

She believes in experiential, immersive and reflective learning as a way of developing critical thinking, responsible practitioners. Her curriculum, which is often co-created in partnership with employers and/or her students, provides the stage for this to happen.

Dr George Lodorfos, Dean of the Business School said: “Jayne displays high levels of innovation in her work as evidenced by her commitment to pedagogical co-creation, the application of new participatory approaches to students’ engagement, as well as her wider theoretical contribution to the field of work based learning.

“She has done fantastic work in this area. Jayne has recently implemented a new model of Personal Tutoring which has definitely contributed to improved student retention and satisfaction.”

Jayne has profoundly enhanced the student experience at Leeds Beckett both in terms of the module and course level learning experience itself, and the university experience as a whole. Among her fellow practitioners she has also influenced understanding and practice of relevant and aligned learning and teaching approaches.

Her development, application and integration of work-based learning, online and blended education has influenced strategy and policy within the university and at national and international levels.

In merging concepts from work-based learning and blended learning, Jayne is currently exploring her concept of ‘stakeholder-engaged blended learning’ as a way of integrating more work-relevant curricula and experiences into the Business undergraduate curriculum.

From her doctoral study and reflective practice, she believes that we need more shared understanding, integrated thinking, and widespread collaboration in our curriculum design, development and delivery.

Jayne has learnt that developing excellence is more successful when people work together – which includes working with people inside the university, as well as outside. She has termed this concept ‘curriculum partnerships’. Through her NTF Jayne is hoping to be able to champion these ideas and is interested in collaborating with others who share similar thoughts.

HEA Chief Executive, Professor Stephanie Marshall, said, “A National Teaching Fellowship is the most prestigious individual award for excellence in teaching in higher education. These awards represent a fantastic achievement by all 55 new NTFs. I am sure the whole sector joins me in applauding them in their success.

“The UK is justifiably proud of its higher education sector and its reputation is enhanced by the examples of excellent teaching highlighted by these awards.”

The Centre for Learning and Teaching (CLT) is keen to identify and support individuals to go forward for this prestigious national award. If you are interested in becoming one of our University’s nominees for a National Teaching Fellowship in 2017/18, or have potential to do so in the future, then do please contact us at: clt@leedsbeckett.ac.uk or contact Dr Clara Davies directly.

CLT are also looking for teams whose innovative work has potential to be put forward for the Collaborative Awards for Teaching Excellence (CATE). They are able to make up to three nominations for NTF plus one team able to go forward for CATE. If you would like to be put forward for one of these awards they would love to hear from you.

Athena SWAN

In May 2017 Leeds Beckett was awarded the Athena SWAN Bronze charter from the Equality Challenge Unit.

The Athena SWAN Charter was established in 2005 by the Equality Challenge Unit and is awarded to organisations for their commitment to, and progress on, gender equality. The Charter initially set out to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education and research. This was extended in 2015 to recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law, and for those working in professional and support roles.

For more information about Leeds Beckett’s commitment to gender equality, please visit the Athena SWAN page

For more information about the Athena SWAN charter, visit the Equality Challenge Unit website.

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