Two academics from Edge Hill University have been awarded prestigious National Teaching Fellowships in recognition of their outstanding impact on student outcomes and the teaching profession.

Dr John Bostock, a Senior Lecturer in Teaching and Learning Development, and Andrew Kirk, Associate Head of Allied Health Professions, were among just 54 individuals from Higher Education institutions across the UK to achieve National Teaching Fellowship (NTFs) status this year, putting them in an elite group of HE practitioners who help to shape future learning and teaching in the sector.

Andrew was awarded for his passion for learning, teaching and supporting students to enable them to become autonomous critical thinkers and expert clinicians. He also works extensively to support his colleagues to develop in their professional roles, which in turn impacts on the student learning experience and enhances patient care.

He said: “I am absolutely delighted to have achieved a National Teaching Fellowship. It is a very competitive process and so to have been successful is fantastic. I still can’t believe it to be honest. It is a very proud moment and I feel truly honoured. I am thankful to all my colleagues at Edge Hill for supporting my application.

John has been recognised for his longstanding and sustained professional interest and investment in linking scholarship with continuing professional development. He leads on the University’s continuous professional development scheme, as well as working across the institution to transform and enhance student learning, particularly through inclusive practices and student peer mentoring.

John said: “I am absolutely overwhelmed and delighted to have achieved this prestigious national award and to represent Edge Hill University as part of a highly regarded national group of colleagues who are making an outstanding impact on higher education.”

The award from Advance HE, which is considered an international mark of quality, has been running since 2000 and there are now more than 860 National Teaching Fellows. The scheme is open to all staff whose teaching or support roles enhance the student learning experience. On gaining the award, Fellows play an ongoing role in enhancing teaching and learning within their institution, the HE sector and further afield.