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City academic named as National Teaching Fellow

Prestigious individual award celebrates teaching excellence

by George Wigmore (Senior Communications Officer)

Dr Rachael-Anne Knight, Associate Dean for Education (Technology and Innovation) and Associate Professor of Phonetics in the School of Health Sciences at City, University of London, has been named as a National Teaching Fellow by the Higher Education Academy.

As the most prestigious individual award for excellence in teaching in higher education, the National Teaching Fellowship (NTF) is open to staff whose teaching or support roles enhance the student learning experience. Run by the HEA on behalf of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), Dr Knight was one of only 55 individuals to be awarded a NTF this year.

Successful candidates were nominated by their institutions and submissions had to show evidence of three criteria: individual excellence, raising the profile of excellence and developing excellence.

Since joining City in 2005 Dr Knight has taught phonetics to Speech and Language Therapy students and has won several awards for her innovative teaching and support of students. She became Associate Dean for Education (Technology and Innovation) in 2015.

Dr Knight said:

“It was a great honour to receive this award from the Higher Education Academy and be named as a National Teaching Fellow. In the School of Health Sciences at City we place great pride in our teaching, and I hope to use this Fellowship to continue to develop teaching and learning in the School and enhance the student learning experience.”

Professor Marshall, HEA Chief Executive, said:

“I am so pleased the HEA has the opportunity to run these awards, and to help to disseminate the best practice they reveal. Celebrating great teaching, whether by teams or individuals, is really important and highlights just some of the great work in the sector to improve the student experience.

“All the awards provide compelling case studies of best practice which we can share around the sector.  It’s also an opportunity for all of us to reflect on our own work, individually and as teams – what are we getting right, what can we learn, what could we do better? “I would like to congratulate all the new NTFs. I’m sure the whole higher education sector will join me in agreeing that we are very proud of your achievements.”

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