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York academic receives prestigious teaching award

Posted on 6 August 2020

Emma Rand from the Department of Biology has been awarded a National Teaching Fellowship by Advance HE.

Dr Emma Rand

On gaining the award, fellows play an ongoing role in enhancing teaching and learning within their institution, the higher education sector and further afield.

The award has been running since 2000 and there are now over 915 National Teaching Fellows, with up to 55 individuals receiving the award each year. 

Professor John Robinson, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Teaching, Learning and Students, said: "Emma's award is York's third in a row in the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme and we have several other long-standing Fellows. Emma is known for innovative and inclusive teaching in data analysis and programming in the Biosciences.

"Alongside her impact here, she is helping to frame the future of Biological Sciences study and research, working with the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and the Biochemical Society."

Emma said: "I am absolutely delighted to receive this award and join the Association of National Teaching Fellows. It is a huge honour for me personally but the award equally belongs to the teaching and learning community at the University as a whole and, in particular, our colleagues in the Academic Support Office and our excellent students. It remains a great privilege to teach and I'm especially grateful to all the Biology students who have helped me develop over the years. They're awesome!"

Emma will be presented with her award at a combined 2020 and 2021 ceremony in October 2021, as well as an online celebration during the week commencing 28 September 2020.