Portsmouth professor receives national award for excellence

Professor Karen Heard-Laureote

A University of Portsmouth professor has been awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in recognition of “excellence” in their work.

Karen Heard-Laureote, Professor of Education and Society within the School of Area Studies, History, Politics and Literature, was recognised for her teaching excellence, enhancing the experience of postgraduate students and mentoring academic colleagues.

She is a Jean Monnet Chair in European Integration and Director of the University of Portsmouth’s Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence for the Study of Transnational Europe (CESTE2). Karen is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA) and a Fellow of the Leadership Foundation (FLF).  Karen is also editor of the Journal of Contemporary European Research (JCER) Teaching and Learning section.

Professor Heard-Laureote said: “I am absolutely delighted to have achieved a NTF given that it is such a prestigious and competitive national award. I am immensely proud for myself and for the University of Portsmouth to become part of such a highly regarded national group of colleagues who are working hard to make a positive impact on higher education.”

In support of her NTF application, Professor Paul Hayes, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Education and Student Experience) commented: “Karen has proved, in every way, to show the level of excellence outlined in the NTSF criteria.  It is clear from her application that the impact of her work, is wide-reaching and that she acts as a humble inspiration for a wide and diverse learning and teaching community.  In her work she has championed an approach to the strategic leadership of teaching communities and shown exemplary academic citizenship in which she has built important foundations not only for groups of students, but for communities of teaching staff.”

Professor Heard-Laureote is one of 54 new National Teaching Fellows announced by Advance HE today, alongside the 15 winning teams in the Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE).

The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) celebrates and recognises individuals who have made an outstanding impact on student outcomes and the teaching profession in higher education.

There are now more than 860 NTFs. Institutions may nominate up to three individuals per annum.  The schemes are open to all staff whose teaching or support roles enhance the student learning experience.

For further information visit www.advance-he.ac.uk/ntfs

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