Former A&E nurse and lecturer awarded ‘teaching excellence’ accolade


Date: 31st Aug 2017

‘Outstanding’ teaching has been recognised today (31 August) as Bucks New University’s Julie Irwin was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship (NTF).

The Assistant Director of Learning and Teaching, based at the High Wycombe Campus, is one of 55 to receive the accolade this year.

The NTF recognises, rewards and celebrates individuals who have made an outstanding impact on student learning and the teaching profession.

Julie, pictured, had to show evidence in three areas: enhancing and transforming the student learning experience, supporting colleagues in their teaching and learning work, and developing personal excellence in teaching.

Julie was an A&E nurse and started at the University in 2002 as a Senior Lecturer in Nursing.

Since then she has held various roles in the Society and Health faculty, before moving into the Learning and Teaching directorate as the Academic Enhancement Manager and then to her current role June 2016.

Julie said: “I never thought that life would take me from emergency nursing into Higher Education.

“I was thrilled to receive the honour of becoming a National Teaching Fellow and humbled by the supporting comments that people gave me to support my nomination.

“My foremost aspiration is to provide strong leadership that goes beyond my disciplinary fields of health and academic development to create innovative approaches to learning and teaching that truly enhances the student experience.”

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education) Sean Mackney said: "I was delighted to hear that Julie had been awarded a National Teaching Fellow, although it came as no surprise. Her strong leadership has had a tangible impact on learning and teaching at Bucks by keeping the learner firmly at the heart of what she does.”


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