Tom Roseveare recognised as Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

The department has always prided itself on the quality of teaching delivered through lecturing, laboratories and small group tutorials. Graduate Teaching Assistants, GTAs, form essential members of the teaching team, providing support and instruction within laboratories or small group teaching in tutorials. Because of the large amount of time they spend teaching, GTAs become experts in the courses they deliver becoming familiar faces to students, providing consistency to the teaching.

Tom RoseveareTom Roseveare, postgraduate researcher in Prof Lee Brammer’s research group, has recently been recognised as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) for his teaching contribution.

The Higher Education Academy recognises and supports institutions and individuals who are committed to improving learning and teaching at a university level. To achieve recognition, an individual must demonstrate their commitment to higher education by providing evidence of their commitment to high quality student teaching.

This scheme forms part of professional development aligned to the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) which is a nationally-recognised framework for benchmarking Higher Education teaching and learning support.

About his award Tom noted: “I achieved this award by demonstrating the high level of teaching that I had undertaken in my role as Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) within the department. This role allowed me to not only support the teaching staff in delivering the laboratory course, both in Sheffield and Nanjing, but also allowed me to assist the teaching staff in developing and improving aspects of the laboratory course. Being a GTA has been a rewarding experience and was invaluable in helping me develop my scientific communication skills. The fact that I was able to translate these skills and experiences into being accepted as a fellow of the higher education academy is brilliant. This would not have been possible without the support and guidance of the teaching team throughout my time as a GTA.

Congratulations to Tom, who becomes the second Graduate Teaching Assistant to be recognised by the Higher Education Academy.