Sep 16 2019

Congratulations to Mr Justin O’Brien, School of Business and Management, who has been awarded a National Teaching Fellowship by Advance HE.

The award celebrates and recognises individuals who have made an outstanding impact on student outcomes and the teaching profession in higher education, as well as providing a platform to share learning.

Being Director of undergraduate education in the school, Justin is a clear and willing communicator. His practitioner informed, experiential and performative teaching style creates effective and highly memorable learning encounters and his out-of-the-box creativity seeks to inspire independent students to push themselves far beyond the confines of the classroom curriculum.

Commenting on the award, Justin said:

'I was delighted to hear I was elected a 2019 National Teaching Fellow. It is a great privilege to be recognised for the work I do to improve the student experience and learning and I look forward to working with students and colleagues to further enhance these.'

Royal Holloway Associate Dean for Education, Tom Wainwright stated in support of Justin's application: 

'Justin is an exceptionally gifted academic who is unafraid of change and is willing to lead teaching and learning innovation. He is highly creative and comfortable in experimenting and adopting new approaches, horizon scanning for relevant pedagogic research and good practice from other HEIs. Justin deploys a pragmatic and lean approach, engaging both students and staff, to launch new changes that re-shape curriculum innovation and improve the student experience.'

Professor Bob O’Keefe, Vice Principal, Student Experience commented:

'Justin is an exceptional teacher who has been the lynch pin of our provision….he has made a real difference to the student experience. His approach has been data and process-based, getting the students to suggest and design changes to curriculum and organisation.'

Alison Johns, Advance HE’s chief executive, said:

'Becoming a National Teaching Fellow or winning CATE team is a huge achievement. It can be truly life-changing. Creating ambassadors for innovative and impactful teaching who are valued by institutions and colleagues, and who can set in motion change and enhancements to make a really positive impact on student experience and outcomes across their institution and beyond.'

Discover more about the scheme here.