As announced on the SOCLAS blog in July, Dr Robert Blackwood, lecturer in French in SOCLAS, has been awarded a National Teaching Fellowship by the Higher Education Academy, and he received his prize at a dinner at Middle Temple Hall in London this month.

Robert Blackwood at Middle Temple Hall

The National Teaching Fellowship is the most prestigious award in the United Kingdom for excellence in higher education teaching and support for learning. Dr Blackwood was one of fifty fellows appointed this year at the ceremony and dinner in London. The University of Liverpool was also represented at the event by the Executive Pro-Vice Chancellor for the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences, Professor Andrew Derrington.

The 2011 National Teaching Fellows

As well as becoming a National Teaching Fellow, Dr Blackwood receives £10,000 to spend on his teaching. Given his interests in the internationalisation of the student experience, he intends to use part of the award to work on student mobility, both within and beyond the EU. He also hopes to take students to the 2012 British Conference of Undergraduate Research.

Robert Blackwood receives his Fellowship

The case for Dr Blackwood’s fellowship was endorsed by the British Council for his participation in the national discussion on personal development portfolios during the year abroad. Dr Blackwood has long supported the English Language Assistants scheme, and recently contributed to the British Council’s blog, examining the impact of his assistantship spent on Corsica in 1994-5 on his career.