We value our teaching and our reputation for high-quality teaching.
Our quality assurance processes show a close attention to continual development, and we offer a range of teaching enhancement opportunities for our staff and postgraduate students as part of their professional development.
National Teaching Fellows
This year, Dr Martin Luck (Biosciences) and Dr Gordon Ramsay (English Studies) were awarded the highest national recognition - a National Teaching Fellowship - for their excellent reputation for teaching in their disciplines.
Lord Dearing Awards
Lord Dearing, former Chancellor of the University, was the sponsor of the first Lord Dearing Awards in 1999. Annually, up to 20 awards are made to staff who are recognised by their peers, or their students, as being exceptional in their teaching, or teaching support, role.
A recent recipient of the award outlines his approach to teaching:
I'm committed to student-centred learning because it is effective and enjoyable for students and gives greater responsibility to the learner. I believe that research and student learning are closely linked and that teaching should expose students to real research. I also look to integrate academic learning and teaching with the education and engagement of the wider community.
Dr Tom Reader
School of Biology
The Chancellor Awards
This recently introduced award asks students to nominate staff (academic or support staff) who they judge to have made an excellent contribution to teaching quality. Each School makes an award to a member of staff on each campus on which it is active (ie a School active on the UK, Malaysia and Ningbo campuses can make three awards).