LITE director awarded National Teaching Fellowship

The Leeds Institute for Teaching Excellence Director Dr Raphael Hallett

The DIRECTOR of LITE has been awarded one of the most prestigious honours for higher education teaching.

Dr Raphael Hallett, who heads up the Leeds Institute for Teaching Excellence, has been made a National Teaching Fellow by the Higher Education Academy, along with Dr Sarah Underwood, Director of the Centre for Enterprise & Entrepreneurship Studies, both in recognition of their excellence in teaching.

Student education leader

The two awards strengthen the University of Leeds’ position as a leader in student education: National Teaching Fellowships have now been awarded to 24 academics at the University since the scheme began, one of the highest tallies of any university.

The University’s innovative programme of research-based education is committed to developing independent, critical thinkers who make a difference to the world around them.

Dr Hallett says “The NTF award helps shine a light on the amazing community of educators we have at Leeds, now given fresh prominence by the Leeds Institute for Teaching Excellence.

“The award is especially satisfying for me since it rewards the experimental curriculum design projects I have been involved in at Leeds, and recognises the value of innovation as a catalyst for improving student learning.”

Dr Underwood said: “Delivering high quality and effective teaching is front and centre in my approach to student education. I strongly believe that enterprise education should have a long-term impact on students and, as such, I strive to create learning environments that develop entrepreneurial mind sets that will have value well beyond the classroom. National Teaching Fellowships highlight what works in teaching and learning, and I am very happy to have received this recognition.”


Professor Tom Ward, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Student Education said: “The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme is an important national recognition of teaching excellence and achievement.   The University of Leeds continues to excel in student education and it is with great pleasure that I congratulate our two latest National Teaching Fellows. “

The Leeds Institute for Teaching Excellence represents a £3.5 million investment by the University of Leeds to inspire new ideas and practices in teaching and learning.  The Institute provides funding, time and support for current and future student education leaders to develop their profile at the University and to carry out research and innovation projects with internal and external impact.

Professor Stephanie Marshall, HEA Chief Executive, said, “I am so pleased the HEA has the opportunity to run these awards, and to help to disseminate the best practice they reveal. 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. “

The HEA manages the National TFS on behalf of the Higher Education Funding Council for England, the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales, and the Department for the Economy (DfE) in Northern Ireland.