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Aston lecturer wins National Teaching Award

24 July 2007 – for immediate release

A lecturer from Aston University has won a prestigious National Teaching Fellowship from the Higher Education Academy.

Dr Robin Clark, from the School of Engineering & Applied Science, has become the University’s first ever recipient of a National Teaching Fellowship after only four years in the profession. Dr Clark was selected for the creativity and innovation he brings to his teaching, as well as his enthusiasm and commitment, all of which make him a hugely popular and respected lecturer.

He said: ‘I believe in making classes as creative as possible. It makes learning more of an adventure, more fun, and hopefully inspires students to work hard and fulfil their potential. To receive a National Teaching Fellowship is a great privilege and just as rewarding as seeing my students excel both at Aston and when they move into industry.’

Dr Clark joined Aston in July 2003 as a Senior Lecturer, having enjoyed a successful career in industry. It was while working in a senior role in industry that he realised relatively few university courses developed engineers in the management field; addressing this issue has been a major focus for him since he entered academia. He has also been committed to fostering and promoting teaching excellence in the School as evidenced by his creation of a Teaching and Learning Support Group – something he sees as his greatest achievement at Aston.

Dr Clark’s work has already been recognised within the University when he was awarded the School’s ‘Rising Star’ Teaching Award in 2005 and an Aston Excellence in Teaching Award in 2007.

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Notes to editors:

1. The National Teaching Fellowships are awarded by the Higher Education Academy, which works with universities and colleges, discipline groups, individual staff and organisations to help them deliver the best possible learning experience for students. Fifty Fellowships were awarded in 2007.

2. The Higher Education Academy is an independent organisation funded by grants from the four UK higher education funding bodies, subscriptions from higher education institutions, and grant and contract income for specific initiatives.

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