Thursday 8 December 2016

A passion for teaching and technology leads to national fellowship for law lecturer


Matthew Homewood
Matthew Homewood has been named as a National Teaching Fellow

Matthew has demonstrated remarkable leadership in innovation, pedagogy, and curriculum development.
Professor Eunice Simmons, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Nottingham Trent University
I have never come across such a gifted colleague in this field. Matthew has made a real difference to the learning experience of so many students.
Dean of Nottingham Law School, Professor Janine Griffiths-Baker

A passion for the use of technology in teaching has led to a National Teaching Fellowship for Nottingham Trent University lecturer, Matthew Homewood.

A National Teaching Fellowship is the most prestigious individual award for excellence in teaching in higher education. Potential Fellows are nominated by their institutions and submissions must show evidence of three criteria: individual excellence, raising the profile of excellence and developing excellence.

Matthew, Acting Head of Postgraduate Programmes and Learning and Teaching coordinator at Nottingham Law School, has been recognised for driving forward the use of technology in the curriculum and developing initiatives which have made a real difference to the student experience.

Matthew’s work has had a significant impact within the School and across the University through engagement with key learning and teaching initiatives, including the DELITe and TILT projects which aim to increase innovation and interactivity in taught sessions. His work has also impacted internationally through the sharing of his innovative practice at various international fora across several different continents.

Commenting on becoming a National Teaching Fellow, Matthew said: "I'm absolutely delighted to be awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in recognition of my practice. I'm extremely fortunate to be doing a job that I love and the very best and most rewarding aspect of the role is the time I get to spend teaching and engaging students. I look forward to using the Fellowship to further develop my practice to ensure the very best academic experience for students at Nottingham Law School.”

Matthew’s nomination was supported by Professor Eunice Simmons, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Nottingham Trent University, who stated: “Matthew has demonstrated remarkable leadership in innovation, pedagogy, and curriculum development, and undertakes his role to an exceptional standard, working closely with staff and students to deliver and enhance the student learning experience.”

Dean of Nottingham Law School, Professor Janine Griffiths-Baker, added: “In my twenty-year career working at many different HEIs I have never come across such a gifted colleague in this field. Matthew has made a real difference to the learning experience of so many students.”

As part of the Fellowship award, Matthew will receive funding to use for his professional development in teaching and learning.

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Nottingham Trent University
Nottingham Trent University’s five-year strategic plan Creating the University of the Future has five main ambitions: Creating Opportunity, Valuing Ideas, Enriching Society, Connecting Globally and Empowering People.

The Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education was awarded to Nottingham Trent University in November 2015.  It is the highest national honour for a UK university and recognises the institution’s world-class research. Pioneering projects to improve weapons and explosives detection in luggage, enable safer production of powdered infant formula, and combat food fraud, led to the prestigious award.