Two University of Surrey academics have been awarded National Teaching Fellowships for their outstanding achievements in learning and teaching in higher education.
Professor Andy Adcroft and Dr Simon Usherwood were awarded the prestigious fellowship in recognition of their passion and enthusiasm for teaching and for employing innovative practices to enhance learning for students.
Professor Andy Adcroft, Deputy Head of Surrey Business School is responsible for the development of the Business School’s programmes, focusing on creating innovative ways to engage students and embed business practice in the curriculum.
“University should offer students an engaging and inspiring experience. Fostering a spirit of innovation in our students is something that sets Surrey apart. If we can demonstrate this spirit through our teaching, we can make an impact on students’ futures as well as garner passion for their subject. I am looking forward to sharing my experiences with others as well as learning about other innovative teaching practices,” said Professor Andy Adcroft.
Dr Simon Usherwood, Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) in the Faculty of Arts & Human Sciences and Senior Lecturer in Politics has been instrumental in employing new ways of learning, with a programme that offers students a wide range of opportunities, including simulation games which are consistently singled out by students as a valuable and enjoyable experience.
“Students want to be stimulated and challenged. Gone are the days of stuffy lectures. We want to prepare our students to be passionate learners and world-class communicators. This can’t be done by simply lecturing at them. Active participation pushes students to apply knowledge in a critical way, and is essential to developing well rounded graduates who are not only confident in their knowledge, but confident in themselves and their abilities. I am delighted to be awarded this recognition and hope to learn more through the scheme,” commented Dr Usherwood.
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