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London South Bank University wins national awards for teaching excellence

LSBU wins prestigious awards for teaching excellence from Advance HE, one of the leading providers of practical advice and support to higher education institutions
17 September 2018

London South Bank University (LSBU) has been presented with a number of prestigious awards for teaching excellence from Advance HE, one of the leading organisations providing practical support and advice to higher education institutions.

LSBU achieved a Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE) which recognises and rewards collaborative work that has had a demonstrable impact on teaching and learning across the University as a whole.

The CATE award specifically acknowledges the achievement of LSBU’s enterprise and innovation team, in embedding enterprise across the University, in academic staff teams, professional service groups and student enterprise ambassador teams.

The CATE award highlights LSBU’s achievement in bringing together discipline-specific expertise, external networks and the student voice to develop and deliver an innovative programme of curricular and extra-curricular activities. These activities are designed to support students and graduates, helping them to develop enterprising skills for employment and boost their entrepreneurial ambitions to start businesses. Since September 2014, the University’s Enterprise and Innovation team has supported over 18,000 students and graduates to participate in curricular and extra-curricular enterprise activities.

National Teaching Fellowship Awards

Three members of LSBU’s academic teaching staff have also distinguished themselves this year by winning National Teaching Fellowships for teaching excellence from Advance HE. They are Gill Foster, Head of Arts and Performance in the School of Arts and Creative Industries, Professor Patrick Callaghan, Dean of LSBU’s School of Applied Sciences and Dr Stephen Dance, Course Director for Environmental and Architectural Acoustics in the School of Architecture and the Built Environment.

The awards to LSBU staff are part of a wider group of 54 new National Teaching Fellows recently announced by Advance HE, alongside fifteen winning teams in the Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence category.

Professor David Phoenix, LSBU’s Vice-Chancellor, said: “I am delighted to see LSBU’s academic staff once again being recognised for their expertise and commitment to encouraging enterprise and innovation throughout the University with this Collaborative Teaching award from Advance HE. I am also exceptionally proud of the fact that three staff have received personal recognition of their achievements via teaching fellowships.

“Between them, these awards show our institutional commitment to teaching research and enterprise and recognise the excellence of our staff and what they are achieving on a daily basis.”

Alison Johns, Advance HE’s Chief Executive, said: “The award of a National Teaching Fellowship is an outstanding achievement and I know that the whole sector will join me in congratulating the 54 new NTFs as well as the CATE winners.”

“Advance HE is very proud to run these awards on behalf of the sector. A key part of our role in this programme is to work with both NTFs and CATE winners to show-case their work so that others can learn and benefit from their success.”

This year, up to 6 of the 15 winning teams will receive an additional ‘Spotlight Award’ which highlights particular aspects of collaborative practice or the outcomes of collaborations from which the broader HE sector can benefit. The ‘Spotlight Awards’ will be announced at the NTFS and CATE awards ceremony on 7 November.

Read more about the National Teaching Fellowship awards.