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Dr Dawne Irving-Bell

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Edge Hill University academic secures prestigious National Teaching Fellowship

Publish date: August 5, 2022

An Edge Hill University academic who was the first in her family to go to university has been awarded a prestigious National Teaching Fellowship.

Dr Dawne Irving-Bell, Reader and Senior Learning and Teaching Fellow at Edge Hill, has been confirmed as a winner in the 2022 National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS), which celebrates and recognises individuals who have made an outstanding impact on student outcomes and the teaching profession in higher education.

She said: “I am delighted and incredibly proud to be awarded a National Teaching Fellowship. It is an incredible honour to be recognised by my peers and I am very grateful and feel immensely humbled to receive this prestigious award.

“It is fantastic to be recognised individually but I cannot emphasis enough that nothing would have been achieved without the support and mentorship of those around me.”

Dr Irving-Bell is passionate about widening participation and helping improve access to address education inequality.

After tutoring undergraduate students while working as a designer, Dr Irving-Bell discovered her passion for teaching and qualified to teach Design and Technology education at Edge Hill University in 1994.

Dr Irving-Bell always chose to work in challenging schools. Her students achieved outstanding results, winning multiple-awards, including The Young Engineers of Britain, and the high-quality of her A-Level teaching was recognised by the Good Schools Guide.

Determined to create opportunities for others, shaping teaching in her subject discipline, she developed teacher-education programmes to enable students like her to realise their teaching-ambitions.

This experience empowered her to secure a HE visiting lecturer role (2005) and energised by the difference she was making, Dr Irving-Bell moved into HE full-time in 2007, joining the Faculty of Education at Edge Hill University because of their commitment to Widening Participation (WP).

Dr Irving-Bell is dedicated to raising the profile of learning and teaching and seizing the opportunity to further her scholarship, she joined the Centre for Learning and Teaching in 2017.

Continuing this work Dr Irving-Bell established the ‘The National Teaching Repository’ where colleagues can share interventions globally that lead to real improvements in teaching and learning in a way that secures recognition for their practice.

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