Two of Aston's academics 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 in CLIPP and Pete 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, to be used for Fellows’ professional development in teaching and learning or aspects of pedagogy.
Anne has strategic responsibility for the Learner Development Centre and Learner Enhancement Team at Aston. She 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. She has also received an Aston Teaching Excellence Award for learning support in recognition of her contribution to university learning and teaching developments.
Pete 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.
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 HEFCE and the Department for Employment and Learning in Northern Ireland (DELNI).
Words by Alex Earnshaw