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Congratulations to our new National Teaching Fellows

Published: 31 August 2017
National Teaching Fellows
Left to right: David Read, Judith Holloway and James Wilson

Congratulations to Judith Holloway (Medicine), David Read (Chemistry) and James Wilson (Health Sciences), who have today been awarded with National Teaching Fellowships from the Higher Education Academy.

These three exceptional educators join our existing group of National Teaching Fellows (NTFs) – Simon Kemp, Faith HillCarol Evans and Mike Wald, – a group who truly highlight the high quality and innovation of our teaching here at Southampton.

This makes 2017 our most successful year yet for NTFs, as three is the maximum number that can be awarded in any one year. This year, we are one of only two universities to receive the maximum of three awards.

We spoke to our new NTFs about this achievement and what inspires their love of teaching.

Judith Holloway

Judith said that she felt humbled by her fellowship and that it was “a real honour”.

Judith Holloway
Judith Holloway

Reflecting on her approach to teaching, she commented:

“I give my students (doctors, nurses and dietitians from across the UK and around the world) the knowledge and skills to enable them to save lives and improve the quality of life in thousands of people living with allergies worldwide. My work is transformational in its impact on pedagogy by making complex ideas accessible, and life-changing in its potential to save lives.”

David Read

David’s many contributions to innovative teaching and learning include the introduction of in-class voting technology, lecture capture and ‘flipped’ teaching, reversing the typical lecture format and homework elements of a course.

David Read
David Read

David described his fellowship as “an immense honour” and commented that:

“Many of the people who have inspired me in the Chemistry education community are National Teaching Fellows. To become one myself and hopefully be able to inspire others is a fantastic privilege.

“I aim to bring chemistry to life and make it accessible to students through creative use of technology, breaking down barriers that hinder progress when studying the subject.”

James Wilson

James described doing a “dance of joy” after finding out about his fellowship, “because it’s an extremely distinguished honour.” James went on to describe why he is so passionate about teaching:

“It is a great honour to be able to contribute to the shaping of our students who have chosen health care as a profession. I see it as an opportunity to spark curiosity about the potential of their extraordinary role. As an experienced registered mental health nurse, I am passionate about delivering impactful teaching experiences that enhance the delivery of care that our graduates will provide people with mental illnesses.”

James Wilson
James Wilson

Professor Simon Kemp, who was himself awarded a National Teaching Fellow in 2010, is leader of Southampton’s NTF Scheme. He praised his colleagues’ success:

“I couldn’t be more thrilled for our three newest National Teaching Fellows. I’ve worked with them all for a number of years and they’re all equally inspirational. The quality of their work is genuinely nationally leading, and for the University of Southampton to be just one of two UK universities to have three new National Teaching Fellows awarded this year, is testament to the quality of these individuals both personally and professionally.”

To find out more about applying to become a National Teaching Fellow, please contact Simon Kemp directly by emailing:

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