Duo Are Honoured for Their Excellence; Academics to Be Presented with Prestigious Award

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Byline: Nicola Juncar

TWO North East academics have been awarded National Teaching Fellowships - the most prestigious award for excellence in higher education. Dr Catherine Montgomery and Kevin Kerrigan, who work at Northumbria University, will each receive an award of pounds 10,000 to be used for their professional development.

Dr Montgomery and Mr Kerrigan were chosen for the Fellowships out of more than 200 nominations across the UK.

The awards scheme raises the profile of learning and teaching in higher education and recognises and celebrates individuals who make an outstanding impact on the students' experience.

Professor Sue Law, director of academic practice at the higher education academy, said: "I am delighted to congratulate our new National Teaching Fellows.

"Their commitment and dedication to supporting learning, teaching and work to maximise student potential is most impressive.

"Good teaching is the cornerstone of a positive student experience. We at the academy work to support HE teachers in delivering a world-class service to their students."

Dr Montgomery is an inspiring teacher whose specialisms are in sociolinguistics, English language and researching the social and cultural contexts on teaching, learning and assessment.

In her current role as associate director for the university's Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning she has had the opportunity to influence student learning by leading the development of and evaluating different disciplinary projects. …

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