We celebrate and value our staff, they are well-qualified in their fields and committed to providing the very best education to our students.
At the University, we are constantly looking to develop our teaching and learning approaches and in turn our staff. Our constant striving ensures we create a relevant and engaging learning environment.
Our staff are integral to the success of the University and it is them and their achievements we like to recognise. There are a number of University award schemes which reward individuals and their outstanding contributions to teaching and learning, including the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) which celebrates excellent practice and outstanding achievement in learning and teaching in higher education, and the University-run University Teaching Fellowship scheme which rewards individuals who have demonstrated excellence and contributed to the development of teaching and learning within the University.
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning)
Teaching and learning staff
The University has five teaching and learning deans who work alongside the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning), Professor Gavin Brooks, and form the Teaching and Learning Executive Board. Together they provide strategic leadership and direction for all Teaching and Learning matters across the University.
- Dr Amanda Callaghan – responsible for Special Projects
- Dr Katja Strohfeldt-Venables – responsible for Quality
- Professor Clare Furneaux – responsible for Student Experience
- Professor Roger Gibbard – responsible for International
- Professor Orla Kennedy – responsible for Student Achievement
- Professor Elizabeth McCrum – responsible for Engagement and Future Direction
Teaching and Learning
National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS)
The Higher Education Academy (HEA) runs the NTFS, the purpose of which is to raise the profile of learning and teaching, recognise and celebrate individuals who make an outstanding impact on the student learning experience, and provide a national focus for institutional teaching and learning schemes.
The award supports individuals’ professional development in learning and teaching. Success depends only on excellence and not what stage you are at in your career.
The University has a growing number of National Teaching Fellows, all of whom play an active role in teaching and learning leadership across the University. In 2015 two members of staff were recognised for their contribution to teaching and learning within the University.
University Teaching Fellowship Scheme (UTFS)
The UTFS recognises and rewards excellence in teaching and the support of student learning, and is open to both academic and support staff across the University. The awards are presented to members of staff who have demonstrated individual excellence and contributed to the development of teaching and learning within the University. The Fellowship is designed to support staff and enable them to further develop in this area. We award up to five teaching fellowships each year.
In 2016, the recipients were:
- Dr Laura Bennett (Law)
- Dr Andrew Charlton-Perez (Meteorology)
- Dr Philippa Cranwell (Chemistry)
- Dr Rhianedd Smith (University Museums and Collections)
- Dr Rachel Pye (Psychology)
View all our University teaching fellows.
To find out more about teaching and learning at the University of Reading, please contact:
The Centre for Quality Support and Development (CQSD)
Telephone: +44 (0) 118 378 8097