student to top teacher - all at Leeds
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
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
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.
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 Ive been involved
with, which help in sharing resources enabling lecturers
to use their time more effectively.
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 its a learning opportunity,
and more use could be and should be made of assessment
as a learning aid..