Bedfordshire’s “Outstanding” teaching recognised in 2020 Teaching Excellence Awards for Higher Education

Thu 06 August, 2020
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Dr Steve Briggs from the University of Bedfordshire is one of the new National Teaching Fellows for 2020.

Advance HE have announced 56 new National Teaching Fellows and 15 winning teams of the Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence on what is the 20th anniversary of the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme.

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.

Dr Steve Briggs is Head of Professional and Academic Development at the University of Bedfordshire and Co-Chair of the Association for Learning Development in Higher Education (ALDinHE). He is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Chartered Psychologist.

He led a transformation in Learning Development provision at the University – moving from a small remedial service to an institution-wide developmental provision. His key contributions nationally include leading the development of a national Learning Development recognition scheme and introducing regional networking opportunities for Learning Developers and other teaching and learning practitioners.

Of being presented the National Teaching Fellowship, Dr Briggs said: “It is brilliant that the field of Learning Development is being increasingly acknowledged within the higher education sector as a fundamental component of delivering outstanding teaching and learning.

“I am delighted that my work has been recognised through an NTF”.

The impact of the award winners on the HE sector is as evident as ever this year, with a particular drive for impact demonstrated by our winners and applicants in championing equality, diversity and inclusivity within approaches to curriculum design, teaching delivery and collaborative working.

Alison Johns, Advance HE CEO, said: “I am sure I am joined by the entire sector in congratulating the 2020 NTFS and CATE awardees. All of the winners should be extremely proud of their achievement of what are prestigious, national teaching awards.

“Their work epitomises the outstanding commitment to teaching in the UK higher education sector, which this year has been more demanding than ever before. Well done to each and every one of them.”

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