Inspirational scientist awarded National Teaching Fellowship

TimBirkheadProfessor Tim Birkhead from the Faculty of Science's Department of Animal and Plant Sciences has been honoured with a National Teaching Fellowship by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) in recognition of devoting more than 40 years to teaching budding biologists.

A renowned ornithologist and author, Professor Birkhead has been committed to making science accessible and interesting for all since he joined the University of Sheffield as a lecturer in 1976 after completing his PhD at Oxford.

Professor Birkhead introduced research-led, interactive teaching and feedback long before they became routine and even produced short videos to help give his students a more innovative learning experience – something that was considered pioneering at the time.

Speaking about the National Teaching Fellowship Professor Birkhead said: “I’m delighted to receive this accolade – it is such an honour.

“The best part of my job is working with young scientists who clearly have a passion for zoology and are so enthusiastic to learn more about the animals and plants that share our planet.

“Science is such an important subject and as academics, researchers and teachers we have a responsibility to ignite that passion to learn about our world and how we can help to protect it for future generations.”

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