I am absolutely thrilled that my HEA National Teaching Fellowship application has been successful; the University of Leicester issued a press release about it yesterday. As I blogged about before it was very hard writing the application, but it was good to sit back and reflect on what I have done and what my core principles and beliefs are.
I am very grateful to our Pro VC, Christine Fyfe, for encouraging me to apply and also to Rose Griffiths in Education who reviewed my draft application and gave excellent suggestions on how it could be improved – I am sure that I would not have been successful without her help. In particular, she suggested that I structure the application around phases of technology development: the use of multimedia, the emergence of the Internet, new approaches to promoting the use of technology, and Open Educational Resources (OER), social and participatory media.
The application needed to evidence my impact on: students, peers and the international community, as well as a personal reflection on my own professional development. I am in good company, delighted that my colleague at Leicester Jon Scott was also successful and also friends Helen Keegan and Rhona Sharpe. I am very much looking forward to the awards ceremony which takes place on 10th October in London and hope that I can live up to the fellowship in the work that I do in the coming years.