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National Teaching Fellowship – Bath Spa University

Bath Spa University academic recognised by the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme

Thursday, 5 August, 2021

Dr Penny Hay of Bath Spa University is among 55 academics to be awarded a National Teaching Fellowship by Advance HE.

Penny, who is Reader in Creative Teaching and Learning and Senior Lecturer in Arts Education in the School of Education, and Research Fellow in the Centre for Cultural and Creative Industries (CCCI), has received the award for her work in higher education.

The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) celebrates and recognises individuals who have made an outstanding impact on student outcomes and the teaching profession in higher education. The scheme began in 2000 and 2021 sees the scheme surpass 1,000 awardees.

Additionally, 14 teams have been awarded the Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE) which recognises and rewards collaborative work that has had a demonstrable impact on teaching and learning and highlights the key role of teamwork in higher education.

Speaking about her award, Penny said:

“I am totally overwhelmed and I genuinely nearly fainted when I received this amazing news! This has been such an extraordinary and challenging year, but this news is the silver lining (or the rainbow maybe!). I am passionate about our work at Bath Spa University and delighted to be part of a highly regarded national group of colleagues. Our Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sue Rigby, is an incredible woman, a true force for good, and I am so lucky to work with her and an amazing team of inspirational colleagues.”

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.”

The full list of 2021 NTFS and CATE winners is below:

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