2011 University of Wales Teaching Fellows Announced

Posted on 18 April 2011

Dr Jo Smedley and Assistant Professor Silvia Pulino

Following the success of the initial trial scheme last year, the University of Wales is delighted to announce the recipients of the 2011 Teaching Fellowship Awards.

In recognition of their services to teaching excellence, Dr Jo Smedley of the University of Wales, Newport and Assistant Professor Silvia Pulino, of John Cabot University in Rome, are to be awarded this year’s University of Wales Teaching Fellowship Award.

Each award is worth £5000 and will enable the Fellow to pursue a project focussing on issues of learning and teaching. Participating centres can nominate individual members of staff or teams of up to three people.

The first winner of the award, Dr Smedley, is Associate Dean of Learning and Teaching in Newport Business School at the University of Wales, Newport. During a career in higher education spanning over 25 years, she has led and been involved with team developments in a substantial number of learning and teaching projects to enhance and raise the quality of the student experience. She will use her money towards the development of learning support projects across the University of Wales network.

Silvia Pulino, the second winner, is currently an Assistant Professor of Business Administration at John Cabot University and also coordinates a Career Services Centre. She holds an MA degree in Modern Languages from Oxford University and completed an MBA at Harvard Graduate School of Business. With 20 years experience in international business, she has travelled extensively and has amassed a string of successful entrepreneurial ventures. The money she receives will be used towards a feasibility study and development of an online, interactive course in global entrepreneurship aimed at non-business students.

Both Fellows will receive their prize at an awards ceremony next month, and will be expected to share their research findings at a conference hosted by the University to help promulgate best practice.

The scheme was established to promote and enhance the profile of learning and teaching in the University’s Alliance Institutions and Collaborative Centres by recognising and celebrating individuals who make an outstanding contribution to the student learning experience within these institutions.

Entrants are measured against rigorous criteria designed to ensure that the worthiest projects are recognised and rewarded. Potential Fellows are required to show evidence of promoting student experience, inspiring learning and supporting colleagues.

By creating a network of Fellows in the field of learning and teaching in higher education, it is hoped that the University of Wales Teaching Fellowship will become a resource for colleagues wishing to engage in pedagogic research. In addition to enhancing Fellows’ own professional activities, this will add to the sector’s knowledge on this theme.

The scale and diversity of the University’s student community is such that learning and teaching must be at the heart of its operations. It is right and fitting that the University rewards good practice in this area and strives to ensure that this is shared across its network and beyond.


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For more information on The University of Wales please visit: www.wales.ac.uk

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