Postgraduate students recognised by Higher Education Academy for contributions to teaching

Two postgraduate students in the Department of Chemistry have been made Fellows of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) for their commitment to learning and teaching.

Emma OwensEren Slate and Emma Owens, who are in the fourth years of their PhDs, have worked as Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTA) during their studies, providing help and support to undergraduates as they perform experiments and analyse their results.

Eren, who is supervised by Professor Anthony Meijer, said: "It's really rewarding to have my contribution towards teaching in the department recognised in this way and it makes me even more thankful for the opportunities I've had as a GTA."

Emma, who is supervised by Dr Seb Spain, has visited China to teach students as part of the Department of Chemistry's partnership with Nanjing Tech University. She said: "I am pleased to have been recognised for my contribution to teaching within the department and jope this will aid my continuing professional devlopment as I further my career in teaching."

The Higher Education Academy is the UK's professional body for university teachers, and it's Fellowship scheme supports career development by giving university teachers a way of demonstrating their experience and commitment.

Eren and Emma join a growing number of postgraduate students in the Department of Chemistry who have achieved FHEA status alongside their studies: