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Two QMUL academics awarded prestigious teaching fellowships

Two Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) academics have each been awarded a National Teaching Fellowship (NTF) by the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

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(L-R) Dr Hasan Shaheed and Professor Ania Korszun
(L-R) Dr Hasan Shaheed and Professor Ania Korszun

Dr Hasan Shaheed, from the School of Engineering and Materials Science, and Professor Ania Korszun, from the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine, have been recognised for their excellence in learning and teaching and for their impact on the student learning experience.

The NTFs were nominated by QMUL and submissions had to show evidence of three criteria: individual excellence, raising the profile of excellence and developing excellence.

Teaching excellence

Dr Shaheed, Senior Lecturer in Robotics and Renewable Energy and Director of Admissions in the School of Engineering and Materials Science, developed a Problem Based Learning strategy to promote student engagement and deep learning. He also supervised a number of award winning research-led students projects including ‘Solarcopter’-the first quadcopter in the world to fly powered solely by solar energy.

Previously he received the QMUL Drapers’ prize for developments in learning and teaching, a QMUL Engagement and Enterprise award for his research in capsule robot locomotion and a QMUL Drapers’ Fellowship for demonstrating a sustained commitment to the highest quality teaching, best teaching practices and exemplary student learning support.  

He said: "I am thrilled and honoured to have been recognised at the national level for my effort to make learning student-centred, exciting and research-led. I feel privileged to have been nominated for this award by QMUL and finally to be named by the Higher Education Academy among the eminent academics across the UK who have received this prestigious award this year."

Professor Ania Korszun is Professor of Psychiatry and Education. Her educational achievements focus on developing new ways of teaching clinical skills, particularly communication in mental health, and improving understanding of mind-body interactions and raising awareness and overcoming stigmatising attitudes in healthcare and promoting student wellbeing.

She said: "My work at QMUL depends on strong collaborations with students, patients and colleagues. This award is a very welcome recognition of all our efforts."

QMUL's NTF record

These awards add to QMUL’s impressive record with the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme for Individual Awards. The appointment of Dr Hasan Shaheed and Professor Ania Korszun brings the total number of QMUL National Teaching Fellows to 11.

HEA Chief Executive, Professor Stephanie Marshall, said: "A National Teaching Fellowship is the most prestigious individual award for excellence in teaching in higher education. These awards represent a fantastic achievement by all 55 new NTFs. I am sure the whole sector joins me in applauding them in their success."

For more information about all National Teaching Fellows at Queen Mary, please visit the Academic Development website.

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