At the University of Reading, we are constantly developing our approaches to teaching and learning and creating a relevant and engaging learning environment in which our staff can flourish.
We celebrate and value our staff; they are enthused, well-qualified in their fields and committed to providing the very best education to our students.
Our staff are integral to the success of the University and we regularly recognise their achievements. There are a number of 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 (UTFS) 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 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 National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (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.
- Jane Setter (2018)
- Elizabeth McCrum (2017)
- Matthew Nicholls (2017)
- Paddy Woodman (2015)
- Elizabeth Page (2015)
Termly lunches are organised for NTFs and the agenda for each meeting is agreed in advance. If you have any suggestions for future meetings please contact Joy Collier: firstname.lastname@example.org
2019 meeting dates
- National Teaching Fellows: Monday 20 May (12:15 - 13:45)
University Teaching Fellowship Scheme (UTFS)
The University Teaching Fellowship Scheme (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 2018, the recipients were:
- Dr Kim Shahabudin, Study Advice
- Dr Natasha Barrett, Biological Sciences
- Vicki Holmes, Centre for Quality Support and Development
- John Slaght, International Study and Language Institute
- Dr Gillian Rose, Agriculture
- Dr Rob Hosfield, Archaeology
- Dr Steve Musson, Geography and Environmental Science
- Dr Maria Danos, Institute of Education
- Dr Jeanne-Louise Moys, Typography and Graphic Communication
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 7097
Centre for Quality Support and Development (CQSD)
The Centre for Quality Support and Development (CQSD) is responsible for supporting:
- development and enhancement of teaching and learning
- quality assurance and the development of policies in relation to teaching and learning
- professional development for all staff involved in teaching and learning.
CQSD works in partnership with staff and the student community to inspire innovative and creative approaches to teaching and learning and to support staff in developing their practice and in gaining professional recognition.