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Director of Education for Sustainability becomes a National Teaching Fellow

Published: 6 August 2019 at 10:43

Dr Alison Greig

Our warmest congratulations to Dr Alison Greig on winning a prestigious award for her teaching excellence in the 2019 round of the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS).

Run by Advance HE, the NTFS showcases 'the outstanding impact of individuals who teach or support learning in UK higher education, recognising their success and providing a platform to share the learning from their practice'.

As Director of Education for Sustainability (EFS) for the Global Sustainability Institute (GSI), Alison leads on the integration of sustainability into the curriculum ensuring that sustainability is part of all our students’ learning. She is also the main visionary and driving force behind the sector-leading MSc Sustainability which is breaking new ground in how it prepares students for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.

Alison said:

"I am extremely proud and honoured to have been recognised for the work I am doing. As I see it University education is about doing more than imparting knowledge and the development of skills. It’s also about guiding and supporting students in figuring out who they are and the role they can play in ensuring the future they create is fair and just.”

Vice Chancellor, Professor Roderick Watkins, said:

“I am delighted to congratulate Alison on this highly prestigious award. It is a great tribute to her work, and strong recognition of the ambitious way in which ARU is seeking to embed sustainability throughout our education and research.”

Professor Aletta Norval, Deputy Vice Chancellor, agreed:

“We are delighted that Dr Alison Greig has been awarded a National Teaching Fellowship. The NTF recognises the outstanding contribution Alison has made to realising our ongoing institutional commitment to Education for Sustainability, as well as the impact of her innovative work on our students and our wider ARU community. It is the fifth NTF that we have received, celebrating the excellent education provided at ARU.”

Achievement of a NTF is 'the pinnacle of reward and recognition in teaching and learning' according to Dr Ben Calvert, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of South Wales and Chair of the 2019 Teaching Excellence Awards Advisory Panel.

In Alison’s case, her 2019 NTF builds on her ongoing engagement with Anglia Learning and Teaching’s award schemes – including two funded Learning and Teaching Projects (2015 & 2012) and an ARU University Teaching Fellowship awarded in 2016. She was also recognised as a Principal Fellow of the HEA in 2014, facilitated through our Higher Education Academy (HEA) accredited Anglia Professional Recognition Scheme for teaching and supporting learning (APRS).

Our APRS scheme is one of the most successful schemes in the sector, having recognised some 630 HEA fellows since it began in 2013. In 2017-181, 78.2% of our staff had some form of fellowship compared with the sector average of 41.8% and that of our mission group’s average of 64.8% (MillionPlus).

Completion of a learning and teaching project and achievement of a senior or principal fellowship of the HEA qualifies colleagues for consideration for a University Teaching Fellowship. ALT provides support to colleagues wishing to apply for project funding and teaching fellowships, including National Teaching Fellowships.

We are also keen to identify and support outstanding teams to gain recognition through the Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE), also run by Advance HE, which recognises and rewards collaborative work that has had a demonstrable impact on teaching and learning.

ALT is committed to supporting, recognising and inspiring all those engaged in learning, teaching and assessment at ARU. Find out how we can support your career development by visiting the ALT web pages or emailing [email protected].

1Source: HEA Annual Review of Accredited Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Schemes (2017–2018).