Teaching Excellence Receives National Recognition

Posted by pt91 at Jul 28, 2011 10:36 AM |
Seventh University of Leicester National Teaching Fellow Announced
Teaching Excellence Receives National Recognition

Dr Sue Dymoke of the University's School of Education.

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 28 July 2011

Photograph of Sue Dymoke available via pt91@le.ac.uk

Dr Sue Dymoke, Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Leicester has been named as a National Teaching Fellow (NTF) by the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

Sue is one of 55 National Teaching Fellows announced today (28 July 2011) which is the most prestigious award for excellence in higher education teaching and support for learning.

The Fellowship recognises Sue’s extensive work teaching, researching and writing about the teaching of poetry.

The award winners were chosen from over 200 nominations submitted by higher education institutions across England, Northern Ireland and, for the first time, Wales.  Each will receive an award of £10,000 which may be used for Fellows’ professional development in teaching and learning or aspects of pedagogy.

On learning of her Fellowship  Sue said: “I am honoured to have been awarded a National Teaching Fellowship by the Higher Education Academy. I am proud of what I have achieved with the many beginning and experienced teachers I have supported in the eight years I have worked at the University of Leicester. The teaching of poetry presents significant challenges for both teachers and students. I am delighted that my work in this difficult, and often neglected, area of the curriculum has been recognised.”

Sue is committed to developing teachers’ confidence and creativity in what is generally considered to be a very difficult aspect of English teaching. She regularly leads poetry workshops for teachers and provides oportunities for them to meet with other poets. She speaks at teacher conferences both nationally and internationally. Sue is a member of the education working group of the national Poetry Archive, a consultant for the Poetry Society and a member of its Poetry Class team.

Sue is the editor of English in Education, an international peer-reviewed academic journal that publishes research papers and new poetry pertaining to many aspects of English teaching.

Her publications include: Teaching English Texts 11 -18 (Continuum); Drafting and Assessing Poetry (Paul Chapman Publishing); The New Girls - new and selected poems (Shoestring Press) and, with Andy Croft, Not Just a Game: Sporting Poetry (Five Leaves).  Recordings of her work can be heard at poetcasting.

Professor Craig Mahoney, Chief Executive of the HEA said: “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.

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