National Teaching Fellow award goes to University educator

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A University of Stirling expert educator is one of just five people in Scotland named as a National Teaching Fellow by Advance HE today.

Dr Ruth Watkins, Head of Student Learning Services at the University, was recognised for her work enhancing the student learning experience.

She said: "I am thrilled and honoured to be recognised for my work, which includes teaching learning strategies, delivering student academic support, and developing resources and projects which make the learning experience both enjoyable and effective."

Head shot of Dr Ruth Watkins
Dr Ruth Watkins
Head of Student Learning Services
My work at the University of Stirling depends on strong collaborations with students and colleagues. This award is a very welcome recognition of all our efforts.

We are delighted that Ruth has been named as a National Teaching Fellow - she richly deserves this award.

The University is proud of its teaching record. In the National Student Survey 2018, ‘Teaching on my course’ scored 86%, higher than both the UK and Scottish averages of 84%.

Deputy Principal Professor Leigh Sparks 

The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) celebrates and recognises individuals who have made an outstanding impact on student outcomes and the teaching profession in higher education.

It is the first year that institutions in Scotland have nominated staff for National Teaching Fellowships. In total, 54 new National Teaching Fellows across the UK were announced by Advance HE, including five in Scotland.

The award of a National Teaching Fellowship is an outstanding achievement and I know that the whole sector will join me in congratulating the 54 new NTFs.

Advance HE’s chief executive Alison Johns

The NTF scheme is open to all higher education providers in the UK, and institutions can nominate up to three individuals per annum. There are now more than 860 NTFs.

Visit AdvanceHE for further information.

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