Inspirational teaching

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  • Inspirational teaching

    Oxford Brookes recognised for “high quality teaching, learning and outcomes” in Teaching Excellence Framework

    Oxford Brookes University has received a Silver award in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). The TEF has been introduced by the UK Government to “recognise and reward excellent learning and teaching at universities”.

    Based on the evidence available, the TEF Panel judged that the University delivers “high quality teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It consistently exceeds rigorous national quality requirements for UK higher education.”

    The TEF award recognises that “students achieve excellent outcomes” and the “outstanding levels of satisfaction with teaching and assessment and feedback” at Oxford Brookes. The TEF also noted:

    • “a strategic focus on excellent teaching quality including research informed teaching”
    • “high levels of investment in physical and digital resources which are valued by students”
    • “excellent use of data, which informs academic support”
    • “developments in learning and teaching consistently informed by the student voice”
    • “a focus on teaching qualifications for academic staff, which is highly valued by staff”.

    Examples of Oxford Brookes’ inspirational teaching can be found below and on our dedicated Studying webpages.

  • Brookes Union Teaching Awards

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    The annual Brookes Union Teaching Awards celebrate excellence in teaching across the University and are an opportunity for students to recognise members of staff who have enhanced their learning experience, or gone above and beyond the call of duty.

    In 2018 over 180 nominations were received for members of academic and support staff. Dr Mark Cain, Reader and Programme Lead for Philosophy and Religion won the ‘Most Inspirational Lecturer’ Award.

    Nominations praised Mark for the level of help and support he provides. He was recognised for actively taking on feedback and adapting classes to help those who might be struggling, without affecting those who are excelling.

    “Mark consistently expresses an enthusiasm, passion and enjoyment for teaching and his subject. He is also always willing to sit down and talk through things, whether it be academically related or to do with personal matters."

  • Widening participation

    At Oxford Brookes widening participation activity and reaching out to a diverse group of students is key to what we do.

    We use a range of activities to engage potential students who are under-represented in higher education; they are designed both to increase participation and to ensure students succeed once they start their studies.

    • Brookes Bridges is a programme of free short courses for adult learners who come from an area or background of disadvantage. In 2016 it won the Widening Access Initiative (Outreach) Award from the National Education Opportunities Network (NEON).
    • Our award-winning Community Scholarship scheme rewards excellent role models in schools, colleges or the community and/or those who have overcome personal or social difficulties. Since 2011 we have funded over 260 students.
    • We have also run Associate College Partnerships for over 12 years; partnering with seven Further Education colleges across the region to deliver Foundation Degrees and Honours top-up programmes.
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