School of English

Teaching Awards


National Teaching Fellowships

Celebrating excellence in Learning and Teaching

The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) is a national competition which seeks to recognise and reward individuals of the highest calibre in the areas of teaching and the facilitation of learning. National Teaching Fellowships are awarded by the Higher Education Academy, an organisation funded by the UK Higher Education funding bodies to promote excellence in teaching.

National Teaching Fellowship Awards in the School of English

Dr Gordon Ramsay Dr Gordon Ramsay
Lecturer in Drama and Performance


Lord Dearing Awards

Celebrating excellence in Learning and Teaching

The Lord Dearing Award Scheme has, since 1999, recognised the outstanding achievements of University of Nottingham staff in enhancing the student learning experience.

The Dearing Awards are awarded annually and staff can be nominated by staff and students.

2016 Awards in the School of English

Laura Nixon

Dr Laura Nixon
Placements and Employability Administrator

Derek Irwin

Dr Derek Irwin
Head of School (UNMC)

2014 Awards in the School of English

Jem BloomfieldDr Jem Bloomfield
Lecturer in Medieval and Early Modern Literature

2013 Awards in the School of English

Dr Andrew HarrisonDr Andrew Harrison
Lecturer in English Literature

2012 Awards in the School of English

Dr Sarah Grandage  

Dr Sarah Grandage
Lecturer in Language and Drama 

Dr Kevin Harvey  

Dr Kevin Harvey
Lecturer in Sociolinguistics

Prof. Brean Hammond  

Professor Brean Hammond
Professor of Modern English Literature
2011 Awards in the School of English

Prof. Norbert Schmitt

Professor Norbert Schmitt
Chair in Applied Linguistics

  Dr Matthew Green

Dr Matthew Green
Associate Professor in English Literature

  Dr Neal Alexander

Dr Neal Alexander
Lecturer in English Literature
2010 Awards in the School of English

Dr Joanna Robinson Dr Joanna Robinson
Associate Professor in Drama  

2008 Awards in the School of English

Dr Gordon Ramsay Dr Gordon Ramsay
Lecturer in Drama and Performance


University Staff Oscars

The University Staff Oscars – sponsored by The University of Nottingham (Teaching & Learning Board) – are awarded annually by the University’s Student Union and each entrant is nominated by students.

In 2015, we were delighted to announce two Oscar winners from the School, including members of our teaching staff: Professor Lynda Pratt and Dr Kelly Kilpatrick for Best Personal Tutor: difficult issue and Teaching: most inspiring teacher, respectively.

Many other teaching and admin staff were also nominated for various categories by our students, within the School of English.

Dr Kelly Kilpatrick presented with her Oscar for Most Inspiring Teacher.  SUoscars-Kelly2

Two of our staff members in 2014 were also awarded with University Staff Oscars: Dr Joe Anderton, in the category of Best Feedback, and Dr Peter Kirwan, for Best All-rounder for teaching.

Dr Peter Kirwan and Dr Joe Anderton with  English students, Georgina and Caroline SUoscars-JA&PK-with-students

In 2012, the School of English won the Oscar for 'Best School/Department'. The nomination included examples of how English has actively improved the university experience for its students.

Elizabeth Goddard, SU Education Officer, presents the Oscar for Best School to Julie Sanders, Head of the School of English suoscars-julie

Elizabeth Goddard, Education Officer at the Students Union, explained why the school stood out:

'The School is very responsive to its Learning Community Forum, introducing video feedback and organising academic skills workshops. The School took the initiative to change the name from English Studies, after full consultation with students.

We particularly liked details of what English does for international students, holding an international day and introducing a buddy system for Ningbo students.

Finally, the nomination commends the School’s excellent management, something which most students would be unlikely to consider or particularly notice, demonstrating that the interaction between academic and administrative staff must be very effective.

Overall, the nomination really gave a sense that students truly loved being part of such a responsive School, constantly striving to make improvements.


Among several individual members of teaching staff in the School who were nominated for other awards, Paul Whickman, one of our Postgraduate Teaching Fellows won the award for Best Postgraduate who Teaches.

Paul Whickman received the award for Best Postgraduate who Teaches suoscars-paul

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