National Teaching Fellowship for Keele academic
The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme celebrates outstanding achievement in learning and teaching in higher education. Each year when I read about our new National Teaching Fellows what stands out for me are the comments made by their students, who describe them as Innovative, engaging, entertaining, genuine, and passionate about teaching.
Dr Kay Mohanna, Director of Postgraduate Studies in the School of Medicine, has been awarded a National Teaching Fellowship. Kay was the first Keele faculty member to be made a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2012 and is a part time senior lecturer and principal in General Practice. She is the Keele lead for a successful collaboration with the Foundation for the Advancement for International Medical Education Research (FAIMER) with Prof John Norcini and Prof Janet Grant which is now recruiting its third cohort of Keele masters students in 14 countries.
Kay is also the Royal College of General Practitioners International Development Advisor for South Asia and runs ‘teaching the teachers’ courses outside the UK aimed at developing clinical supervisors and lead educators to support both organisational and professional development.
On hearing of the award Dr Mohanna acknowledged those teachers and colleagues who have been influential in her own professional development. Kay is editor or co-author of 14 books including the RCGP curriculum support resource Care of children and young people, all of which have been written with a network of friends and colleagues, including those in scalingtheheights.com, with whom she shares an interest in values based practice.
The Higher Education Academy (HEA) today, 11 June 2015, announced that 55 higher education staff have been awarded National Teaching Fellowships, the most prestigious awards for excellence in higher education teaching and support for learning.
The successful National Teaching Fellows (NTFs) were chosen from over 180 nominations submitted by higher education institutions across England, Northern Ireland and Wales.
The scheme is funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England, the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales and the Department for Employment and Learning in Northern Ireland. It is open to staff whose teaching or support roles enhance the student learning experience.
Successful nominees were nominated by their institutions and submissions had to show evidence of three criteria: individual excellence, raising the profile of excellence and developing excellence.
This year’s NTFs include academics from a diverse discipline range including Chemistry, Film Production, Biomedical Ethics, and Linguistics. They also include learning enhancement specialists who work across the disciplines to develop innovative approaches to learning and teaching.
Professor Stephanie Marshall, Chief Executive of the HEA, said: “The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme celebrates outstanding achievement in learning and teaching in higher education. Each year when I read about our new National Teaching Fellows what stands out for me are the comments made by their students, who describe them as Innovative, engaging, entertaining, genuine, and passionate about teaching. This year is no exception. The new 2015 National Teaching Fellows we honour today are truly deserving of the award.
“Receiving a National Teaching Fellowship is just the beginning. They are an active community of passionate and enthusiastic professionals, working to enhance learning and teaching in their institutions and the sector. I’m delighted and honoured that the HEA manages such a valued, peer review-based scheme to recognise the very best in higher education teaching.”
Along with the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme, the HEA’s work in professional recognition of teaching includes the accreditation of institutions’ professional development programmes and individual recognition for staff who meet the criteria of the UK Professional Standards Framework.
The awards will be formally presented at a celebration event to be held at Liverpool Cathedral in October.