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Issue 470, 8 October 2001

From student to top teacher - all at Leeds

University professor Ian Hughes has been named as one of the best higher education lecturers in the country, as part of the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme competition, run by the Institute for Learning and Teaching (ILT).

Jolly good fellow - Professor Hughes

Professor Hughes was a student of pharmacology at Leeds, then gained his PhD in pharmacology and worked as an assistant lecturer at the University. After periods in Australia, he returned to Leeds in 1975, and is now professor of pharmacology education, co-director of the learning and teaching support network centre for bioscience, and an academic sub-dean for medicine.

He recalls: “When I studied here, we were only six in my year, a lot of teaching was one-to-one and staff had the time to be more accessible to students.

“Now, with immense changes in higher education, how we teach and use our time has had to adapt. The fellowship award was in recognition of the projects I’ve been involved with, which help in sharing resources enabling lecturers to use their time more effectively.”

The scheme awards £50,000 to each of the winners for projects to support teaching and learning. Professor Hughes plans to develop an audit tool to measure the quality of assessment within modules. He explains: “Assessment is not just about how good you are, about measuring ability and knowledge – it’s a learning opportunity, and more use could be and should be made of assessment as a learning aid.”.

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