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Leeds Beckett lecturer awarded prestigious national fellowship


A Leeds Beckett University academic has been given a prestigious national award for excellence in teaching in higher education.

Kate Grafton, Principal Lecturer in the School of Clinical and Applied Sciences has been announced as one of 55 new National Teaching Fellows (NTFs) by the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

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.

Speaking about the awards, Professor Marshall, HEA Chief Executive, said: “I am so pleased the HEA has the opportunity to run these awards, and to help to disseminate the best practice they reveal. Celebrating great teaching, whether by teams or individuals, is really important and highlights just some of the great work in the sector to improve the student experience. 

“All the awards provide compelling case studies of best practice which we can share around the sector.  It’s also an opportunity for all of us to reflect on our own work, individually and as teams – what are we getting right, what can we learn, what could we do better?  I’m sure the whole higher education sector will join me in agreeing that we are very proud of your achievements.”

Professor Peter Slee, Vice Chancellor of Leeds Beckett, added: "We are dedicated to excellence in teaching and research and are delighted that Kate has been given this prestigious national award. Kate's achievement places her within a group of eleven National Teaching Fellows within the University, whose contribution to the quality of the educational experience at Beckett is extremely important and of enormous value to our students and staff."


Speaking about receiving the fellowship, Kate said: “I am of course delighted and very humbled to have my teaching recognised through this award. Teaching is something I very much enjoy and I’m very proud to join the other National Teaching Fellows here at Leeds Beckett.”

Kate qualified from Leeds Beckett University (then Leeds Metropolitan) in 1997 and worked as a clinical physiotherapist at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust in Leeds for 15 years. Kate began her teaching career at Leeds Beckett in 2004 on a part-time lecturer-practitioner basis subsequently moving into full-time education.

Kate's clinical specialty is CVR (cardiovascular and respiratory) specifically intensive care and organ transplantation. She is a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (CSP) and is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). She is also a member of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Respiratory Care.

Kate joins a list of 11 other Leeds Beckett National Teaching Fellows - Ruth Pickford, Cath Sanderson, Susan Smith, Simon Thomson, Alan Smith, Nick Beech, Professor Claire Surr, Professor John Craig, Sally Brown, Phil Race and David Killick.

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