Published on 09/08/2021

Aston University’s Dr Gill Knight (Associate Dean Education & Associate Professor in Education, College of Engineering and Physical Sciences), Professor James Wolffsohn (Associate PVC & Head of the School of Optometry & Head of Audiology, College of Health & Life Sciences) and Matt Davies (Senior Lecturer in Accounting & Finance, College of Business and Social Sciences) have all been made National Teaching Fellows by Advance HE in this year’s National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS).

The NTFS recognises and rewards individuals that have made an outstanding impact on student outcomes and the teaching profession in Higher Education. 

Professor Ruth Ayres, Pro Vice-Chancellor Education at Aston University, leads the University’s Education portfolio and was responsible for introducing a new approach to the selection and support of institutional nominees for both the National Teaching Fellowship (NTF) Award and Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE) at the University last academic year. 

She said:

“I am delighted that Gill, James and Matt have all been made National Teaching Fellows by Advance HE in this year’s round of awards and I would like to congratulate them on their excellent achievements.

“As a University, we are proud of the high quality, innovative learning and teaching that we offer our students at Aston, and these NTF awards are testimony to the pedagogic excellence of our three award winners.” 

The full list of 2021 NTFs and CATE winners is below.

National Teaching Fellowship

Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence



Notes to Editors

About Aston University

Founded in 1895 and a University since 1966, Aston is a long established university led by its three main beneficiaries – students, business and the professions, and our region and society. Aston University is located in Birmingham and at the heart of a vibrant city and the campus houses all the university’s academic, social and accommodation facilities for our students. Professor Alec Cameron is the Vice-Chancellor & Chief Executive.

Aston University was named University of the Year 2020 by The Guardian and the University’s full time MBA programme has been ranked in the top 100 in the world in the Economist MBA 2021 ranking. The Aston MBA has been ranked 12th in the UK and 85th in the world.

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