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UOG scoops three awards in recognition of positive impact on student teaching and learning

The University of Gloucestershire and two members of its academic team have been recognised in the National Teaching Fellowships and the Collaborative Awards for Teaching Excellence (CATE).

Dr Colin Forster, Senior Lecturer in Primary Sciences, and Dr Alan Marvell, Senior Lecturer in Events Management, are among this year’s 55 new National Teaching Fellows, while the University made it three success for the institution by winning a CATE.

The Reciprocal Mentoring Team, Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence 2021

The National Teaching Fellowship (NTF) Scheme celebrates and recognises individuals who have made an outstanding impact on student outcomes and the teaching profession in higher education.

The Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE) recognises and rewards collaborative work that has had a demonstrable impact on teaching and learning.

Dr Alan Marvell, National Teaching Fellow 2021

Announcing the Fellowships, Advance HE said: “Dr Colin Forster is committed to putting student teachers at the heart of their own learning.

“He expertly engages them in practice-based action research, equipping them to undertake analysis of the quality of their practice and impact on learning, to have a transformative effect on their professional learning and teaching.

“Dr Alan Marvell actively promotes the idea that learning is a process that is best achieved as a constructive dialogue, empowering students to gain a deeper understanding of the world around them.

“His influential work on student-led learning and peer teaching has furthered understanding of experiential and transformative learning.”

Dr Colin Forster, National Teaching Fellow 2021

Advance HE is a member-led, sector-owned charity that works with institutions and higher education across the world to improve higher education for staff, students and society.

Alison Johns, Chief Executive of Advance HE, said, “I am delighted to congratulate the 2021 NTFS and CATE awardees on their achievements.

“This year marks the 1000th National Teaching Fellowship award. Over the years, each and every NTF has made an impact on the sector, both on the students they teach and on their fellow teaching staff who look to them for inspiration and guidance.

“It’s also very gratifying to see the quality of teamwork represented this year – the CATE awards really have become part of the sector landscape.

“Teamwork has been especially important in the past year with the challenges for teaching and learning as a result of social distancing and in the autumn we will publish case studies highlighting this excellent collaborative effort.

“I am sure that institutions will value these examples as we start to return to the best of in-person teaching complemented by excellent online delivery.

“Well done to each and every awardee on this outstanding achievement.”