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Thursday 8 December 2016

Celebrating great teaching

Tansy Jessop, Professor of Research Informed Teaching at Southampton Solent University, has joined a distinguished cohort recognised for teaching excellence, having today (Thursday 8 December) been made a National Teaching Fellow.

Awarded by the Higher Education Academy (HEA), National Teaching Fellowships are the most prestigious individual award for excellence in teaching in higher education. They are open to staff whose teaching or support roles enhance the student learning experience.

Professor Marshall, HEA Chief Executive, says: “Celebrating great teaching, whether by teams or individuals, is really important and highlights just some of the great work in the sector to improve the student experience. All the awards provide compelling case studies of best practice, which we can share around the sector.”

Tansy works within the University’s Solent Learning and Teaching Institute (SLTI). She leads the Transforming the Experience of Students through Assessment” (TESTA)* research project, originally funded by the HEA as a National Teaching Fellowship project in 2009.

Speaking of the Fellowship, she says: “I am thrilled to have received this award, and so proud that Southampton Solent is gaining recognition for its teaching excellence.”

Professor Jessop began her career as a History and Latin secondary school teacher in apartheid South Africa. Starting her PhD began her love of teacher development, particularly understanding the links between the personal and public dimensions of teaching.

She is passionate about academic development and loves stimulating interest in teaching and learning through the PGCLTHE course for new lecturers, through TESTA-related work and in her interactions with colleagues.

Professor Jane Longmore, Solent’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), welcomes the announcement: “The award of a National Teaching Fellowship is well-deserved recognition, both for Professor Jessop's pedagogic achievements and for the strong emphasis on teaching excellence at our University.

“Tansy is only the second Professor of Research-informed Teaching in the UK and has an international reputation for her work on using assessment to transform student learning. I am delighted that she will be joining the ranks of distinguished National Teaching Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.”

She will officially receive her award at a ceremony at the Merchant Taylors’ Hall in London in January 2017, and give her inaugural lecture at Solent on Wednesday 15 March 2017.