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Issue 483, 5 June 2002

Leeds' teaching excellence recognised

Geography lecturer Dr Pauline Kneale is one of the UK's higher education teaching élite, winning an ILT national teaching fellowship against a strong field of nominees from higher education institutions across the country.

Dr Kneale (pictured right with second year geography BSc student Katherine Clarke) joined Leeds 17 years ago and has combined work on hydrology with many projects to develop teaching within geography and across the University. She has applied her interests in learning styles, skills and motivation to modules that help to develop written communication, employability and scientific skills.

Dr Kneale said: "I get a real buzz from challenging students through group work to reach beyond that which an individual can achieve. Inspiring students means getting them involved immediately, engaged with issues, setting agendas and taking decisions. Getting the University nomination was really pleasing, making the final list is amazing – there's a lot of very hot competition out there."

The second consecutive Leeds winner of the NTFS, Dr Kneale has £50,000 for her project on boosting geography students' awareness of their employability through personal development planning and academic-workplace case studies.

The fellowship scheme is run for the HEFCE by the Institute for Learning and Teaching.


 
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