Dr Joyce’s teaching excellence recognised

Dr Tom Joyce has won a prestigious National Teaching Fellowship for excellence in teaching and learning.  The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) recognises and rewards individual excellence in teaching in higher education in England and Northern Ireland.  Tom is one of only 50 lecturers and learning support staff from across the country to receive this award in 2011.

Throughout his career, Tom has been engaged in developing a range of teaching initiatives which have been recognised as giving his students a strong sense of their own development as professional engineers. National recognition of his work has included the Exxon Mobile Excellence in Teaching award in 2009, and being shortlisted for the 2010 teaching award of the Higher Education Engineering Subject Centre.

He believes passionately in the development of the next generation of engineers, and his hugely successful work with students recognises their diversity and develops their confidence, professional skills and employability. He is committed to the student learning experience, asking for informal feedback continuously throughout the modules, acting on this immediately where possible, and letting students know what has been done. He has championed the use of feedback to enhance teaching within the school and more widely within the University

“I feel incredibly honoured, on behalf of my School and University, to be awarded this national teaching fellowship,” he said.  “Engineering is a wonderful, dynamic, exciting and positive subject and it is with this passionate belief that I try and enthuse my students.  It is humbling to be recognised nationally for the teaching I am involved in and speaks volumes for the creativity, eagerness and hard work of the students I have the pleasure to work with.”

To see the University  press release on this story go to Teaching excellence at Newcastle University.

For further information contact thomas.joyce@ncl.ac.uk.

published on: 28th July 2011