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Southampton academic receives prestigious National Teaching Fellowship

Published: 
26 June 2009
Dr Faith Hill
Dr Hill has been awarded a prestigious National Teaching Fellowship

Dr Faith Hill from the University of Southampton has been awarded a prestigious National Teaching Fellowship from the Higher Education Academy in recognition of her teaching excellence in higher education.

Dr Hill comments: “I am delighted to receive this national reward. It reflects on the high quality and commitment of all the teachers – both University and NHS – that I have the privilege of working with in Southampton.”

Faith Hill is Director of the Division of Medical Education and Director of the Medical Education Development Unit in the University’s School of Medicine. As an outstanding leader and innovator in medical education, she works to improve healthcare through enhancing the learning experience and inspiring the next generation of clinicians. Through a range of strategic education roles and an imaginative style of teaching, she successfully engages and motivates teachers and helps transform student learning.

Dr Hill leads a highly successful programme of staff development for over 1,000 clinical and academic teachers throughout the Medical School and the South Central NHS Region. This includes leadership training for key educators within the medical curriculum. Her approach to staff development involves innovative teaching methods and her courses offer an imaginative blend of theory and interactivity.

Dr Hill regularly contributes to the dissemination of good practice and has over 50 publications on health and education. She has run a variety of workshops at major education conferences and collaborates nationally and internationally in many areas of medical education.

Professor Debra Humphris, Pro Vice-Chancellor at the University of Southampton, adds: “This award is richly deserved. Faith’s contribution to the development of staff to support our medical students has been outstanding. There is much that she has developed that we can learn from across the institution and I look forward to hearing about her future ideas.”

The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) is part of an overall Academy programme to raise the status of learning and teaching in higher education. It comprises two strands: Individual National Teaching Fellowship Awards, and Projects. It is funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and the Department for Employment and Learning in Northern Ireland (DELNI).

Dr Hill is one of 50 lecturers and learning support staff who have been chosen from 203 nominations submitted by further and higher education institutions across England and Northern Ireland. She receives an award of £10,000, which may be used for professional development in teaching and learning or aspects of pedagogy.

Further information about the NTFS: http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/ourwork/professional/ntfs

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