Institute for Academic Development
Institute for Academic Development

University nominations for prestigious learning and teaching awards

Nominations announced for the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) and Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE).

The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) and Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE) are highly competitive awards offered by AdvanceHE every year to recognise and celebrate outstanding higher education teachers and teams.  All universities in the UK as well as some FE Colleges are able to put forward nominations. This year we are delighted to be nominating two people for the NTFS and one team for the CATE.  

We know there is excellent teaching taking place across the university and this is a fantastic opportunity to highlight some of it.  This year’s nominations all represent the kind of values-based teaching we’ve identified as important in Strategy 2030.  The schemes are competitions, so we wish them all the best of luck.  They are already winners in our eyes.

Prof Colm HarmonVice-Principal Students

You can read more about our nominees below.

National Teaching Fellowship

Dr George Palattiyil

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Dr George Palattiyil is a Senior Lecturer in Social Work in the School of Social and Political Science and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. With over two decades of teaching and research experience spanning across India and Scotland, he is passionate about internationalising the curriculum and enabling students to have cross-cultural experiences, and is deeply committed to diversity and social justice. His teaching and research interests are in the area of forced migration and refugees, human rights, individuals and families affected by HIV/AIDS and older people.

George has inspired and deepened the learning of his students through bringing people with lived experience into the classroom, including refugees and individuals affected by HIV/AIDS.  His approach to student learning has resulted in him receiving multiple Edinburgh University Student Association Teaching Award nominations over several years. In 2019, he was awarded the Best Personal Tutor Award by the Edinburgh University Student Association.

His strong personal links with India and professional contacts in Asia, the Middle East and Africa have enabled him to internationalise not only the curriculum, but create new international opportunities for colleagues and the wider university.

Prof Michael Seery

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Prof Michael Seery is Professor of Chemistry Education and Director of Teaching in the School of Chemistry.  He has a deep commitment to enabling his students’ learning and uses Cognitive Load Theory to inform and structure his teaching; improving the experience of learning in large classes, enhancing flipped learning and transforming laboratory education.  He has inspired his colleagues with his approaches and strengthened the educational culture and community of the School.

His election to the Education Division Council of the Royal Society of Chemistry highlights the esteem in which he is held by the wider UK Chemistry community. His contribution to the development of others in their chemical education scholarship, from his PhD students to academic colleagues, is particularly noteworthy as has been the take up and repurposing of Michael’s work in other Universities.

Michael is becoming an increasingly prominent and significant educational leader across the University beyond Chemistry.  This has included positive engagement with our Institute for Academic Development, contributions to a wide range of workshops and other events, and our Teaching Matters blog site.

Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence

MSc Clinical Education

Team photo of MSc Clinical Education Team

The team that delivers the online masters degree in Clinical Education in the University of Edinburgh Medical School is reimagining online postgraduate teaching. Rather than accepting online education as socially impoverished, they have evolved a powerful educational ethos, firmly rooted in hospitality, advocacy and collegiality, that is allowing them to establish a global community of clinical educators. 

They are a team of seven from seven different professional background: Gill Aitken, dietitian; Tim Fawns, learning technologist; Derek Jones, occupational therapist; Debbie Spence, school administration manager, Janette Jamieson, nurse; Charles Marley, clinical psychologist and Brian Carlin, paramedic.

Alongside delivering a programme with a 100% PTES satisfaction score, they are building a programme of research to investigate and disseminate their approach to online learning and teaching.  Their students are going on to influence clinical education and practice across the world at a time when the World Health Organisation has identified a global shortfall in healthcare workers.  This programme is responding to the need for high-quality healthcare workers educated in multi-disciplinary groups, which is especially significant in countries that lack sufficient financial means, facilities and educators to train an adequate, competent workforce.