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Bucks nursing lecturer collects national teaching award

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A nursing lecturer has said she is “humbled and honoured” to have received a national award for her teaching from the Higher Education Academy.

Dr Sharon Edwards, senior lecturer in pre-qualifying nursing at Buckinghamshire New University, received a national teaching fellowship (NTF) at an awards ceremony in London at the end of January.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to be a teacher and am very proud to receive this award”

Sharon Edwards

Receiving the accolade, means she becomes one of nearly 700 national teaching fellows, representing more than 40 discipline areas.

The scheme describes itself as celebrating “excellent practice and outstanding achievement in learning and teaching in higher education”.

It is jointly funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England, the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales, and the Department for the Economy in Northern Ireland.

Dr Edwards, who has taught at the university for 11 years, said she believed student learning was a collaboration and that she supported learning by using students’ own stories of clinical practice.

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Bucks nursing lecturer collects national teaching award

Dr Sharon Edwards with her husband Jim Wignall at the awards ceremony

To gain her fellowship, she had to show evidence in three criteria – individual excellence, raising the profile of excellence and developing excellence.

She said: “I like to think that I make a difference. I am grateful for the opportunity to be a teacher and am very proud to receive this award for my work as a senior lecturer.

“More work needs to be done. With this award I will continue to champion that all students need the opportunity to learn and fulfil their potential, and this can be achieved if they are taught well,” she said.

She added: “I greatly humbled and honoured to be a part of the NTF community. My main prize is being a teacher. To be a part of, and help students on, their educational journey is sufficient reward.”

Dr Edwards said the awards ceremony, held on 25 January at Merchant Taylors’ in London, was “amazing”. She was also a finalist for the 2016 Student Nursing Times Educator of the Year award.

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