National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) celebrates excellent practice and outstanding achievement in learning and teaching in higher education. The prestigious award only recognises 55 teachers nationally each year, awarding people on excellence, not what stage they are in their career.
The awards are presented at a ceremony in London in January which attracts national and regional interest.
Dr. Natascha Radclyffe-Thomas has extensive international experience having taught fashion, both studio-based and theoretical, in the UK, Asia, and the US. She has also published and presented papers internationally on research interests including cross-cultural creativity, place marketing, fashion branding, and fashion education pedagogy. Her research often looks at how countries, cities, and institutions enact their creativity-branding agendas and how creativity is understood and taught in the UK and Asia. She says of her award:
I feel very privileged to receive the HEA’s National Teaching Fellowship as endorsement of my commitment to innovative teaching and learning. London College of Fashion, UAL is where I started my teaching career and its unique creative environment, inimitable colleagues and diverse student body inspired my own pedagogic journey and have sustained my subsequent international teaching and research career.
Dr. Radclyffe-Thomas recently developed CPD materials for international academics on teaching creativity and internationalizing the curriculum. Professor Susan Orr, Dean of Learning, Teaching and Enhancement and National Teaching Fellow, recently commented on the award nomination.
I am delighted that Dr. Radclyffe-Thomas’ teaching excellence has been recognized by the HEA in the award of a National Teaching Fellowship. This is a prestigious accolade and the competition for this award is very strong. Natascha became a UAL Teaching Scholar in 2015 and she joins Heather Barnett, Terry Finnigan and Dr Pratap Rughani who are already NTFs.
The award represents a huge achievement for London College of Fashion and the unique fashion business courses at the university. Andrew Hughes, Dean of the Fashion Business School, also commented on the award.
Dr. Radclyffe-Thomas strives to provide a student-centred and experiential learning for our learners. She has had particular success with engaging students through ‘Social Media’. By using a tool which is core to students, Natascha has been successfully developing independent, self-assured students through blogging activities across a range of courses, having a particularly positive impact on literacy, digital skills, and self-confidence. Students have commented many times on the quality of the learning and teaching experience Natascha provides ‘day in day out’.
Her research work and excellent teaching practices were also noted by Paul Yuille, Head of International Office at London College of Fashion, who spoke about Dr. Radclyffe-Thomas achievement.
The specific area of research Dr. Radclyffe-Thomas’s represents is a very much burgeoning area, she is none the less highly regarded and well respected both academically and with regard to her research outcomes and novel insights. These outcomes are conveyed and evidenced in motivated, inspirational and effective academic sessions with her students.
Being awarded a National Teaching Fellowship is just the beginning of the process for Dr. Natascha Radclyffe-Thomas. National Teaching Fellows are an active community of passionate and enthusiastic professionals, working to enhance learning and teaching in their institutions and the sector. There are currently nearly 700 awardees across the country, representing more than 40 discipline areas. The Higher Education Academy provides support for individual NTFS and the Association of National Teaching Fellows (ANTF).
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