|Professor Amanda Chetwynd receiving her award|
Professor Amanda Chetwynd has received a prestigious national teaching
award worth £50,000 in recognition of her outstanding contribution to
learning and teaching. The award was presented by the Minister for
Lifelong Learning, Further and Higher Education, Alan Johnson, at a
gala event in Westminster.
Amanda is one of 20 winners of National Teaching Fellowships, chosen
from 81 nominations submitted by higher education institutions across
England and Northern Ireland, each was awarded £50,000, to be used for
projects that will make a significant contribution to learning and
The University of Lancaster has achieved the unique distinction of
having a winner in each of the four years of the National Teaching
Fellowship Scheme to date. Previous winners of the Fellowships are Mike
Winstanley (History) 2002, Susan Armitage (HEDC) 2001, Mick Short
Amanda Chetwynd is a Professor in the Department of Mathematics and
Statistics at Lancaster University. Her work involves not only teaching
maths in the University, but also recognising the roles of policy,
context and collective activity in enhancing the learning experience,
developing ways of teaching mathematical proof with 11-16-year olds,
and various initiatives to encourage women in mathematics and science.
She will use her Fellowship to develop the links between the study of
maths at school and university and address the challenges of decline in
and lack of engagement with mathematics.
The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) recognises and rewards
lecturers or learning support staff in higher education for their
excellence in teaching. It is managed by the Institute for Learning and
Teaching in Higher Education (ILTHE) on behalf of the Higher Education
Funding Council for England and the Department of Employment and
Learning in Northern Ireland.
Photograph: L - R Alan Johnson MP, Minister of State for Higher and
Further Education, and Lifelong Learning, Professor Amanda Chetwynd and
Professor Sir David Watson, Chair of the NTFS Advisory Panel