Lecturer awarded national Teaching Fellowship
David Killick, Head of Academic Staff Development at Leeds Metropolitan, is one of 55 lecturers and learning support staff who have received this year's awards for excellence in higher education teaching and support for learning. The award winners were chosen by the HEA from over 180 nominations submitted by higher education institutions across England, Northern Ireland and Wales. Each will receive an award of £10,000 which may be used for professional development.
David is course leader for the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education, a role in which he is able to work with colleagues across the University to develop and share best practice in learning and teaching. He comes from a background in English language teaching, and worked in several countries before joining Leeds Met over 20 years ago. In his first role, he established the University's own courses in English as a Foreign Language and TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) teacher training programmes. He has also helped to develop Leeds Met's international student exchange programme, designed a Global Citizen Award scheme, and led international student support.
David took a lead role in pioneering work to introduce global citizenship and cross-cultural capability into the University's courses. As a result of his work, all courses at Leeds Met now enable our graduates to develop a global outlook, an attribute that will enhance their employability prospects and provide skills that will enable them to cope in a multicultural and globalised world.
David has published and presented at national and international conferences on curriculum internationalisation, global citizenship and creating inclusive campuses. He will shortly be publishing guides for both staff and students to help home and international students to interact better, something he believes has the potential to transform the student experience and significantly enhance graduates' interest in and ability to work across cultures.
David commented: "I am really delighted to receive this award. I know that many colleagues who do excellent work supporting their students in challenging times also deserve recognition. Their professionalism is what is keeping higher education together in the current climate."
Professor Ruth Pickford, Director of the Centre for Learning and Teaching, said: "David's impact on the sector and on Leeds Metropolitan has been significant and he is a hugely respected member of the University. Admired equally by the University's researchers, by teaching staff, by students and by professional colleagues, David epitomises all that is good about a modern academic. David is the most wonderful colleague to work with in the Centre for Learning and Teaching; he is a real team player. You put this together with his amazing skills as a teacher and you have the full package. I am thrilled that David's commitment and impact have been recognised and I know David will use his National Teaching Fellowship well."
Professor Craig Mahoney, Chief Executive of the HEA, said the awards carry considerable prestige within the sector and are highly competitive. He added: "The 55 new Fellows created this year have all made a highly valuable contribution to learning and teaching within their institutions and often more widely. At the HEA we are committed to recognising and rewarding excellence in teaching. Students deserve - and expect - the best possible learning experience during their time in higher education, and fantastic staff such as National Teaching Fellows help to deliver this experience. I am extremely proud of the HEA in delivering this programme and I congratulate all successful recipients."
The new National Teaching Fellows will officially receive their awards at a ceremony which will take place in London on Wednesday 10 October 2012.
Read about other National Teaching Fellows at Leeds Metropolitan University