MMU is proud to announce that Claire Hamshire of the Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care has been awarded a 2012 National Teaching Fellowship.
The £10,000 award recognises individual teaching and learning excellence and is intended for the Fellow’s professional development.
Up to 55 individual awards are made nationally each year by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and MMU has previously had three other members of staff recognised, Joanna Verran in 2011, Kate Kirk in 2004, and David Nicholls in 2002.
Claire, who teachers Physiotherapy at undergraduate and postgraduate, was rewarded for her work on student retention and technology-enhanced learning.
She said: “It’s a great honour to have my work recognised like this and to have the opportunity to benefit from working with the Association of National Teaching Fellows.”
Claire works in partnership with students and MMUnion and their feedback and perspectives are central to her research.
Previous projects include the HEA-funded ‘easystart’ which gave students access to videos, resources and networking before beginning university to help make the transition easier.
And building on this work Claire led a project for NHS North of England to investigate student attrition from health-care programmes. The ‘Staying the Course’ project explored the reasons for leaving courses and used students’ feedback to develop a board game, which prompts discussion of common concerns.
Claire has mentoring and leadership roles institutionally and nationally that help colleagues to develop their own teaching. She also mentors staff as a tutor on the institutional Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice and is a member of the North West Health Sector e-learning partnership board.
Dean of the Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care Vince Ramprogus said: “Claire has an excellent track record of innovation and development in learning and teaching.
“Her work has had significant impact on the faculty’s strategy to enhance student experience through the use of learning technology.
“The award of the NTF is a much deserved recognition of her achievements, reflecting the national value of her work.”
- The National Teaching Fellow Scheme is open to all higher education institutions in England, Northern Ireland and, since Autumn 2010, Wales. 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.
Claire will officially receive her award at a ceremony which will take place in London on Wednesday 10 October 2012.
Manchester Metropolitan University is a leading university for the professions and a powerful driver of the North West economy.
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