It is an honour to be awarded a National Teaching Fellowship as part of the 2021 awards. Many of the educators I admire most are NTFs, and I feel humbled to now count myself among that community.
I have always taken a student-led approach to my work as a lecture and teacher. All my most impactful initiatives have started with a conversation with students. Beyond anything else, I owe this recognition to every student colleague I have worked with over the years. I am lucky to be in a job where I can teach and collaborate daily with some of the most innovative and energetic people. Over the past two years I have even had the opportunity to mentor students through their AdvanceHE D1 Fellowships.
Since the start of the pandemic the sector has really come together in support of each other, and importantly the students. As someone experienced in digital education I have tried my best to contribute towards the efforts. I am really proud to have had some small impact by writing guides setting up Pedagogy and Pancakes, and having the opportunity to share practice through talks and keynotes across the sector. Getting the NTF after this work has really humbled me. This is a real career highlight.
A huge thank you to everyone who has also supported my own development. I am fortunate to have been taught, mentored, and inspired by some of the best educators, both within Lincoln and across the sector. Thank you to everyone who has given a talk at Pedagogy and Pancakes – seriously, you are all awesome.
Lincoln is a fantastic place to teach, where education is underpinned by world-class research and a commitment to student engagement. I used to come here every year on my holidays when I was younger. I can still remember the first time my mum and dad took me for a walk up steep hill to see the castle. When I was offered my lectureship here in 2016, it felt a little like coming home. My life has changed quite a bit since 2021, I’m now an Associate Professor, Director of Teaching and Learning, and I recently became a father. But the magic of this place never fails to escape me, I still feel like a kid on holiday.
I’m overjoyed to be offered this award as a member of the team at Lincoln, and I hope that it serves to showcase the novel ways that we work in partnership with students in all aspects of teaching, learning, and research. I am very proud to be a National Teaching Fellow.