National Teaching Fellowship awarded to Brookes Lecturer

Friday, 21 June 2013

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An Oxford Brookes lecturer has been awarded a prestigious National Teaching Fellowship award.

Lyn Bibbings, Principal Lecturer for the Student Experience, has received the accolade in recognition for her 25 years’ experience as a teacher of tourism and is regarded as a highly influential leader in changing practice.

The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme recognises and rewards excellent learning and teaching.

Commenting on her award, Lyn said: “I am thrilled and proud to receive this award, which recognises my work with both students and staff.  I cannot thank my students and colleagues enough for their inspiration and enthusiasm as partners in developing new ways of working”

Berry O’Donovan, National Teaching Fellow and Principal Lecturer in the Faculty of Business at Oxford Brookes, said: “Lyn has been key in helping the Faculty to shape and achieve its goals in learning and teaching through her ability to challenge and inspire staff to continue to deliver excellence in a changing environment with constrained resources.  Her reputation for her own practice means that she offers an example that others are willing to follow.”

Lyn's innovative work in enabling dyslexic students to flourish through developing creative alternatives to written forms of assessment, was extended through a project working with Southampton Solent and Bournemouth Universities. This resulted in the development of tried and tested assessments designed to get the best from students.

As one dyslexic student commented: “I suddenly discovered that I could make a much more positive contribution in group work and I didn’t feel that I was always on the back foot trying to catch up with the others – for the first time I felt I was better than the others at some things and I could do well.”

Lyn’s work with students continues to focus on the development of collective self-efficacy through structured collaboration with peers and her own transformational leadership to enhance performance. Lyn also uses a similar approach in her work with staff to develop effective practice for the future.

Professor David Airey, former Pro Vice Chancellor at the University of Surrey, said: “Lyn’s contributions have been, above all, for her work at a national level in working with organisations, including the Higher Education Academy Subject Centre, and as chair of the subject Association for Tourism in Higher Education, to push the development of high quality teaching and the development of her subject.”