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Shelley Parr to receive Vice Chancellors award

Published: 22 August 2011

Shelley Parr received her Additional Vice Chancellors Teaching award from the Chancellor at the Medicine Graduation Ceremony on Friday 22nd July 2011. The additional VC Teaching award is granted to 1 person each year who is selected from applicants from across the university who are not eligible for an award from a School because the ‘teaching’ that they have provided is cross-university or comes from within a professional service.


Shelley Parr acted as the Director of the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PCAP) from July 2007 through to December 2010, during which time she was responsible for all aspects of the programme management (including re-accreditation by the Higher Education Academy) as well as delivery of approximately half of the taught sessions and assessments. This teaching award acknowledges the enhancement to the student learning experience across the University of Southampton that was achieved in this time, and into the future through her involvement in this programme.

PCAP is a part-time, work-based, 60 CATS, M-Level programme, designed to enable new academic staff with teaching responsibilities to reach a nationally-recognised standard of competence in teaching and learning support. The programme is a probationary requirement for the majority of new Lecturers and Teaching Fellows.

Supporting statement by Shelley’s sponsor for the award, Ian Giles, Director of LATEU:

“Shelley brought a wealth of first hand experience of teaching in Higher Education to her role as PCAP Programme Director. She was able to use that experience to both gain credibility with the PCAP participants and to systematically bring about changes to the content and delivery of the programme.

Programmes like PCAP are some of the most challenging programmes that are delivered in HE. Having been a panel member at the 2005 Periodic Programme Review of the PCAP programme that was offered by the Centre for Learning and Teaching in the School of Education at that time I can say from first hand evidence that PCAP is now in the healthiest state it has ever been in. Much of this success is due to Shelley’s experience, insight, initiative and drive.

In terms of having an impact on the student experience it is difficult to think of a contribution from one individual that has had a bigger impact in the here and now and the longer term future.

I wholeheartedly commend Shelley Parr for the award of an Additional Vice-Chancellor’s Teaching Award.”

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