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Excellent teachers honoured

 September 1, 2017 | Simon Jenkins

Two more academics at the University of Leeds have been awarded National Teaching Fellowships, one of the most prestigious awards for higher education teaching.

This brings Leeds’ tally to 26 – the highest of any university.

The Higher Education Academy (HEA) today announced that Dr James Pickering, Associate Professor in Anatomy, and Dr Samantha Pugh, Lecturer in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Education have been made National Teaching Fellows in recognition of excellence in teaching.

Dr Pugh said: “It’s really wonderful to be recognised with a National Teaching Fellowship. I’m very grateful to the University of Leeds for giving me the opportunities and encouragement. It has been an amazing journey since I first graduated from Colour Chemistry at Leeds 20 years ago.”

Dr Pickering added: “I am truly delighted to have been awarded a National Teaching Fellowship. However, this personal recognition would not have been possible without the support and advice from colleagues, friends, and most importantly, the wonderful students I have the pleasure to teach at the University of Leeds.”

Professor Tom Ward, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Student Education said: “The University’s innovative programme of research-based education is committed to developing independent, critical thinkers who make a difference to the world around them

“Leeds is a Russell Group university that has always placed an emphasis on recognising and rewarding teaching excellence alongside its exceptional research expertise. The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme is an important recognition of that excellence and it is with great pleasure that I congratulate James and Samantha.”

Excellent teachers honoured