Brookes Teaching Excellence Fellowships and Innovation Awards

  • This year’s Brookes Teaching Excellence Fellows have been successful in enhancing the student experience within their departments and beyond.  The 2018 Brookes Innovation Projects will help to transform curricula through cutting-edge pedagogic practice to challenge Brookes students in new ways.  All the 2018 award holders have shown sustained commitment to reflecting on their support for a diverse range of learners as well as proactivity in developing themselves as outstanding HE educators.  This year’s award holders are:

    • Dr. Louise Bunce (HLS),
    • Orit Sarfatti (TDE),
    • Dr. Chris Satow, Dr. Ingrid Medby and Georgraphy teaching team (HSS),
    • Dr. Esra Kurul, Dr. Emma Wragg and School of Build Environment teaching team (TDE).

    Dr. Louise Bunce (PhD, CPsychol, FHEA, AFBPS) is a Senior Lecturer in Human Development in the Department of Sport, Health Sciences and Social Work within the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences.  She has been awarded a Brookes Teaching Excellence Fellowship for her success in fostering diversity and inclusion at departmental and institutional levels.  Louise specialises in supporting learners from Black and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, and more broadly she tackles the challenge of supporting learners in a vocational context by embracing opportunities to engage students as researchers.  Louise’s recent professional development included two superb presentations about her work at the Brookes Learning and Teaching Conference.

    Orit Sarfatti BA Economics & Management, BA (Hons) Interior Architecture, MA Interior Design, PCGHE is a Lecturer in Architecture in the School of Architecture within the Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment.  She has been awarded a Brookes Teaching Excellence Fellowship for her success in using an alumni network to enhance students’ identity and academic motivation.  Orit specialises in supporting students as they make the transition into Level 5 and more broadly she tackles the challenge of fostering learners’ professional identities as they prepare for their careers.  More widely, she embraces opportunities to draw upon research on ways of reconciling employability pressures and personal preferences.  Orit’s recent professional development included a project wherein Level 5 Interior Architecture students designed short-term pods for homeless people in Oxford City Centre in partnership with Crisis Skylight Oxford.

  •  There are three categories of Teaching Excellence Fellowship:

    1. Brookes Teaching Excellence Fellowship (for individuals or pairs).
    2. Brookes Associate Teaching Excellence Fellowships (for individuals with less than five years' experience).
    3. Brookes Team Teaching Excellence Fellowships (for course teams).


    There are two categories of Innovation awards:

    1. Individual award (must be BTEF, SFHEA or PFHEA).
    2. Team award (at least one member of the team must be a previous BTEF).

     The Excellence Fellowships include a professional development fund of £1,000 (individuals) or £2,000 (teams) to support any appropriate professional development of your teaching excellence. This is to be spent over two years.  In future years, you will also be able to apply for a Teaching Innovation Award to fund a project related to your teaching. You can also apply for additional staff development funding from your faculty or directorate to support your development.

    Innovation award recipients will have access to a budget of £5,000 over 2 years to fund the project. You will be expected to produce an annual report on the progress of your project and to disseminate the project work across the university, for example at the annual Brookes Learning and Teaching Conference.

    Both awards are designed to support you towards a possible nomination by the university for a prestigious National Teaching Fellowship (individual) or national Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (team).