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Inspiring Teaching Excellence

​At Cardiff Met we are constantly striving for teaching excellence and inspiring our teachers.  Part of that work is to recognise and reward our inspirational teachers through a number of initiatives.  The below audit of activities was captured during the 2017/18 academic session, to collect all these initiatives together.

Student Led Teaching Fellowships

Student Led Teaching Fellowships

Cardiff Met's Student-led teaching fellowships, launched in 2011/2012, provide students with the opportunity to recognise and reward good teaching practice. QED in partnership with the Students' Union identified a number of criteria under which students could provide evidence-based nominations for a member of staff in their school.

2017/18 Winners are:

Active learning:

WINNER: Dean Way (CSM)

Authentic assessment:

WINNER: Simon Dawson (CSSHS - Llandaff)

Use of technology:

WINNER: Henry Dawson (CSSHS - Llandaff)

Preparation for the fututre (EDGE):

WINNER: Rob Tafurelli (CSESP)


Personal tutoring:

WINNER: Lowri Mainwaring (CSSHS - Llandaff)

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Francesca Cooper (CSSHS - Llandaff)

Student voice:

WINNER: Mayo Win-Pe (CSM)

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Elizabeth Lewis (CSSHS - Cyncoed)

Teaching excellence:

WINNER: Duncan Ayscough (CSAD)

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Mike Dunn (CSSHS - Llandaff); Nick Evans (CSAD); Catherine Tryfona (CSM)

For previous winners, please click on the link below:

Student-led teaching fellowships 2016/17
Student-led teaching fellowships 2015/16

Higher Education Academy

Higher Educaton Academy

The ​National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) celebrates excellent practice and outstanding achievement in learning and teaching in higher education.

Since 2011 Cardiff Met has been awarded 9 National Teaching Fellows, more than any other Welsh institution.

2017 NTF: Dr Jo Hendy (QED)

Read more about Jo's work and what being an NTF means to her.

NTF's awarded in previous years:

2016: Dr Sarah Curran (CSHS)

2015: Prof. Gary Beauchamp (CSE)

2015: Ingrid Murphy (CSAD)

2014: Dr Tom Crick (CSM)

2014: Jeff Lewis (CSHS)

2012: Ruth Matheson (LTDU)

2011: Ruth Dineen (CSAD)

2011: Prof. Richard Tong (CSS)

Senior Fellows

Cardiff Met currently has 45 members of academic staff holding Senior Fellowship of the HEA. Recognition panels held in 2018 have seen the following 11 members of staff recognised as Senior Fellows:

Gayle Davis (CSSHS Llandaff)

Leanne Freeman (CSSHS Llandaff)

Henry Dawson (CSSHS Llandaff)

Alastair Tomlinson (CSSHS Llandaff)

Leanne Davies (CSESP)

Mikel Mellick (CSSHS Llandaff)

Sophie Leslie (LTDU)

Martyn Woodward (CSAD)

Mark Samuels (CSSHS Cyncoed)

Rhodri Lloyd (CSSHS Cyncoed)

Sarah Thomas (CSESP)

Principal Fellows

Cardiff Met currently has 3 members of staff with Principal Fellowship of the HEA.

- Claire Morgan

- Rami Ayoubi

- Dr Sue Tangney

Read the related news article

The Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence

Higher Educaton Academy

New in 2016, the CATE celebrates collaborative work in teaching and learning an captures the creative and innovative practice that positively impacts on the student experience by recognising teams.

In 2017, Cardiff Met's Early Childhood Studies and Primary Education Studies were shortlisted for their work with the Outdoor Learning Centre.

The Guardian University Awards

The Guardian University Awards

The Guardian University Awards are provided to exceptional institutions for work under a number of categories.

In 2015, the Centre for Student Entrepreneurship was awarded for their work in assisting students, graduates and staff to engage in entrepreneurial education.

In 2016, Mark Sutcliffe and Ruth Matheson were shortlisted for their 'Belonging Cube' Initiative, enabling postgraduate transitions.

The THE awards

The THE Awards

The THE awards are widely recognised as the Oscars of the higher education sector. Each year hundreds of entries are submitted exemplifying talent, dedication and innovation of individuals and teams across the sector.

In 2014, Cardiff Met was awarded Most Improved Student Experience.

Also in 2014, three professional services within Cardiff Met were shortlisted for a Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Award (THELMA).

PGC Teaching in Higher Education

The PgC Teaching in Higher Education matrix enables full and part time academic staff and others involved in student learning to engage in a structured progr​amme focused on purposeful developmental changes to teaching practice. The matrix is accredited by the Higher Education Academy.

As of July 2017 there were:

- 58 members of staff enrolled on the programme
- 141 graduates of the PGC THE

Follow the links below to read about some of the inspiring interventions PgC THE graduates have undertaken (for staff and students only):

- Enhancing student learning
- Gwella dysgu myfyrwyr

Annual Learning & Teaching Conference

Anuual Learning and Teaching Conference

The second Annual Learning & Teaching Conference on 7th July 2017 was a huge success, read all about it.

The conference was titled 'Learning Together: Developing Understanding' and addressed the following themes: student engagement; retention and success; student employability; health and wellbeing.

Inspiring Teaching Seminar Series

Inspiring TEaching Seminar Series

Following the on-going discussions and conversations raised in the Annual L&T Conference in 2016, QED launched the Inspiring Teaching Seminar Series in 16/17. Look out for future seminars in 18/19.

The first three seminars were:

Flipping the Classroom - 07.04.17

Professor Sue Bloxham - 08.02.17

Professor Sally Brown - 07.09.16

Open Door

Open DoorA Cardiff Met community of practice dedicated to the sharing of good teaching and learning practice (internal only). The scheme provides a locus for learning and teaching focused, interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary collaboration and discussion.

Peer Learning and Development Scheme

Peer Learning and Development Scheme

The Scheme operates across the university to support the on-going enhancement of learning and provides a framework for engaging in constructive reflection on professional practice. It involves staff in a collaborative, non-judgmental, mutually beneficial peer-to-peer process.

Walk in the Park

Walk in the Park

'​Walk in the park' is a series of audio podcasts, where we take a relaxed stroll with a Cardiff Met colleague, and discover a little more about them and their work.

The project was a part of the Future Directions HEA project, and was inspired by the Radio 4 'Ramblings' programme. It aims to capture a sense of each individual and their heart for Learning & Teaching. Walking often opens the mind and soul, and helps us explore thoughts and ideas...