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Aston academics awarded prestigious fellowship

June 24th, 2010

Academics at Aston University in Birmingham have been awarded a prestigious National Teaching Fellowship in recognition of their outstanding work and contributions to higher education in their respective fields.

Dr Anne Wheeler, Head of Curriculum and Learning Development (CLD), Centre for Learning Innovation and Professional Practice, and Peter Reddy, Senior Psychology Lecturer and Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching, are two of only 50 Fellows recognised by the Higher Education Academy, this year.

The winners, chosen from nearly 200 nominations, will each receive an award of £10,000, which may be used for Fellows’ professional development in teaching and learning or aspects of pedagogy.

Dr Anne Wheeler

Dr Wheeler has strategic responsibility for the Learner Development Centre and Learner Enhancement Team at Aston. She also chairs the University’s CLD working group and programme approval committee and is the course director for the postgraduate certificate in professional practice.

Anne leads on developing inclusivity in learning and teaching and the implementation of the institutional virtual learning environment and e-portfolio platforms.

In 2009 she was successful in gaining with international partners, funding of 1.16 million euros for the development of a professional standards framework for ecology and environmental management graduates in the Russian Federation. She also received an Aston Teaching Excellence Award for learning support in recognition of her contribution to university learning and teaching developments.

Associate Dean Peter Reddy

Peter Reddy is an Aston graduate and returned as a Teaching Fellow after working in further education, counselling and social work. He became Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching in the School of Life and Health Sciences, last year.

Peter’s work has included developing a transition programme for first year students and a Certificate in Pre-Professional Development for placement students. He has also been a pioneer user of ICT and has focused on using e-technology to promote engagement. This led to his short listing for the Times Higher Award for Outstanding ICT Initiative in 2007. Among other things, he has explored a podcasted audio magazine and learning from a virtual adventure environment.

Professor Alison Halstead, Pro Vice Chancellor for Learning and Teaching Innovation at Aston said; I am delighted that the excellence of my colleagues teaching and learning and teaching research as well as their contribution to the national and International enhancement of the student learning experience has been recognised in this way."

The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme is part of an overall Academy programme to raise the status of learning and teaching in higher education. It is funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and the Department for Employment and Learning in Northern Ireland (DELNI).

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For further information, contact Alex Earnshaw, Aston University Communications on 0121 204 4549 or email a.earnshaw@aston.ac.uk



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