Thursday, 24 June 2010
A lecturer at the University of Worcester has been awarded a prestigious National Teaching Fellowship.
Dr Colin Price, Principal Lecturer in Computing, will receive the fellowship during an award ceremony in London on Wednesday, September 29.
Only 50 Fellowships are awarded each year by the Higher Education Academy, in recognition of teachers and learning support staff who have made outstanding contributions to higher education within England and Northern Ireland.
“I am delighted to accept this Fellowship,” Dr Price said. “However, I must also recognise the colleagues and past students who have helped me to learn to teach in a complex and developing subject area.”
Dr Price is a keen researcher and has emphasised the need to connect research and teaching. He has produced a number of innovations in the computing world and is currently writing a book on the use of game engine technology to produce science, maths and engineering simulations.
Dr Price is well known for developing innovative modules such as “The Nature of Computing”, where he encourages students to research and reflect on what “computing” actually is. He also runs yearly “code camps” where schoolchildren visit the University to learn how to build computer games.
Dr Price, who receives a £10,000 award to support learning and teaching activities, joins fellow University of Worcester lecturers Professor Dominic Upton, Dr Derek Peters, Dr Val Chapman and Dr John Peters as National Teaching Fellows.
University of Worcester Vice Chancellor, Professor David Green, said: “For one University to have five Fellowships is an outstanding achievement, reflecting Worcester’s educational strength and standing. Colin Price is an inspirational University teacher. Computing students at Worcester really benefit from Colin’s outstanding work and we are delighted that Colin’s has been honoured nationally. We are also delighted that the University has just won a new contract to create more undergraduate places in computing. From this September onwards, more students will be able to benefit from the teaching of Colin and his excellent colleagues in computing. ”
The award winners were chosen from nearly 200 nominations submitted by universities and higher education colleges across England and Northern Ireland.
Professor Sue Law, Director of Academic Practice at the Academy said: “I am delighted to congratulate our new National Fellows. Their commitment and dedication to support learning, teaching and working to maximise student potential is most impressive.”