The Higher Education Academy (HEA) has today announced that Dr Anthony Hilton from the School of Life & Health Sciences, has been awarded a National Teaching Fellowship, a prestigious award for excellence in higher education teaching and support for learning.
Anthony is one of only 55 lecturers and learning support staff nationally who have been awarded National Teaching Fellowships.
Although he has studied the invisible world of microbiology for over 20 years, Anthony has never lost the fascination and enthusiasm for the subject that filled him when he first observed bacteria down a microscope. Anthony continues to inspire his students with his infectious passion for all things microbiological. His distinctive freshness and enthusiasm is well recognised by his academic colleagues and particularly his students who regard his teaching as inspirational. He has embraced VLE opportunities to support student learning by providing podcasts, vodcasts and even comprehensive feedback on assessed work using mp3 files emailed directly to students. In addition to his contribution to teaching microbiology, Anthony has also co-authored many articles on statistics which he has published as statistical guidance notes, now compiled into a textbook. In recognising his teaching excellence, the University awarded Anthony the School Teaching Excellence Award in 2006.
Anthony is also a regular contributor to teaching at further and secondary education levels and through the print and broadcast media to the general public. In 2009 Anthony’s approach to communicating microbiology to a diverse audience was recognised by the Society for Applied Microbiology Science Communication and Aston University’s Excellence in Community Engagement awards. In 2011 he gained the Peter Wildy Award for outstanding contribution to microbiology education from the Society for General Microbiology.
The award winners were chosen from over 200 nominations submitted by higher education institutions across England, Northern Ireland and, for the first time, Wales. Anthony will receive an award of £10,000 to be used for professional development in teaching and learning or aspects of pedagogy.
Professor Craig Mahoney, Chief Executive of the HEA said: “During my first year as Chief Executive at the HEA I have been privileged to meet many National Teaching Fellows across the country and have been inspired by their work and achievements. Their commitment and expertise are an inspiration to academics and students alike across the sector.
“The dedication of the 55 new Fellows announced today is to be applauded and provides further evidence of the high quality innovative practices that students paying fees will increasingly expect to experience in higher education.”
The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme is part of an overall HEA programme to inspire and celebrate teacher excellence. It is funded by the Higher Education Funding Councils for England (HEFCE) and Wales (HEFCW) and the Department for Employment and Learning in Northern Ireland (DELNI).
The new National Teaching Fellows will officially receive their awards at a ceremony which will take place in London on Wednesday 5 October 2011.
View the profiles of the 2011 National Teaching Fellows.
Congratulations to Anthony!
Words by Louise Russell
28 July 2011