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Dr Rochelle Taylor, Lecturer in Geology

We are delighted to announce that two academics within our department have received further recognition of their outstanding commitment to Geography and Geology, having been elected as Fellows in both the Geological Society and the Higher Education Academy.

Lecturer in Geology, Dr Rochelle Taylor has been elected as a Fellow of the Geological Society.

As a Fellow, Rochelle will join the international community of geoscientists and will aim to participate in the Society’s activities to promote Geoscience, accessing a wealth of information and knowledge.

In recent years, Rochelle has been working on exciting research projects related to fluid flow and fracture properties in the upper crust. Rochelle’s teaching career has involved integration of online resources to encourage student engagement and she has fostered links with industry partners that enhance our student’s employability.

Rochelle will now use her experience and expert knowledge in the fields of geoengineering, sedimentology and geophysics to support the team here at Edge Hill Univeristy in achieving our objectives in teaching and research across the Geography, Geology and Geohazards programmes.

Lecturer Dr Rochelle Taylor said:

“I am thrilled to have been elected as a Fellow of the Geological Society. My Fellowship will provide me with a network of academics and industry professionals through the regional and specialist groups that I have joined that will allow me to support my research career and continue to develop methods to enhance student engagement.”

The Fellowship will enable Rochelle to be better informed about advances in Geology, better connected with industry professionals and researchers in her field, and continue her professional development. Through the Society, Rochelle has registered as a STEM Ambassador and hopes to be able to support and encourage future generations of Geologists.

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Isabel Williams, Associate Tutor for Human Geography

Associate Tutor for Human Geography, Isabel Williams has been awarded AFHEA recognition as an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy is awarded to professionals who can demonstrate they meet the criteria of the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) for teaching and supporting learning in higher education. These standards require Fellows to demonstrate a commitment to appropriate Professional Values in facilitating others’ learning. Isabel has demonstrated this in abundance during the delivery of modules including Human Geography Research in Practice, Sustainability and the Global Built Environment and Population and Medical Geographies.  

Isabel Williams, Associate Tutor for Human Geography said:

“The AFHEA has helped to improve my confidence in teaching within higher Education and enabled me to develop and strengthen a variety of skills and strategies necessary to teach and communicate geographical knowledge. It has enabled me to understand the theory and practice behind various methods of teaching and comprehend why I do things in a specific way.

Regarding my classroom, I strive to ensure students receive high-quality teaching in a positive, constructive working environment, and I will use this award as the basis to continue my professional development and demonstrate commitment to teaching, learning and the student experience.”

To add to Isabel’s successes, she was also nominated and awarded Newcastle University’s inaugural Jenny Halcrow Prize for Teaching Excellence for Geography, which is an award that aims to recognise and reward postgraduate students who, through their teaching, significantly enhance the undergraduate students’ educational experience.

Isabel Williams, Associate Tutor for Human Geography said:

In receiving this award I am very humbled to be recognised for my commitment and contributions to teaching, and promise to continue to develop both personally and professionally to ensure I can continue to deliver high-quality teaching and learning experiences within Geography.

We are very proud of both colleagues and wish them all the best in their future careers.