Educom academic receives National Teaching Fellowship
04 August 2022
Dr Shrehan Lynch has won a National Teaching Fellowship, an award which celebrates and recognises individuals who have made an outstanding impact on student outcomes and the teaching profession in higher education.
The award was announced today by Advance HE as part of the 2022 National Teaching Fellowship Scheme and Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence.
Dr Lynch, a senior lecturer in secondary initial teacher education, is one of 54 new National Teaching Fellows along with 16 winning CATE teams.
Dr Lynch teaches trainee teachers on the PGCE, school direct, and apprenticeship programme. She specialises in research on teacher education, physical education, and social justice. Dr Lynch is the co-founder of PhysEquity, a social change movement that fights to bring about change in physical education.
Dr Lynch said,
I am extremely fortunate to have won such a prestigious award and will be eternally grateful to the students I have had the pleasure of working with in teacher education throughout my career thus far. I hope that my nomination inspires other academics that continue to teach against the grain that they can be recognised for their hard work in fighting the good fight."
Richard Harty, Dean of the School of Education and Communities, says, "Dr Lynch has a commitment to education and her impact is showcased as someone who goes above and beyond, voluntarily taking on additional roles such as cofounding a social justice network in her discipline to support others (PhysEquity), creating innovative and culturally relevant assessments, and upskilling her colleagues on digital platforms to support students.
"Moreover, she has demonstrated a clear evidence base of her socially just teaching philosophy and the impact of the sociocultural physical education programme at UEL that she has designed."
Professor Amanda Broderick, vice-chancellor & president of UEL said, "I was very pleased to support Shrehan's submission for a NTF and her success is well-deserved recognition of her contributions to the University and beyond."
Alison Johns, chief executive, Advance HE said, "Congratulations to each and every new National Teaching Fellow and CATE team on this fantastic achievement. At Advance HE, we run the prestigious NTF and CATE awards for the UK higher education sector with enormous pride. The challenges of offering an outstanding teaching experience in recent years have been very demanding, but the sector has risen to the challenge."
Dr Lynch began her career as a secondary school physical education teacher. In 2015, she was awarded a PhD tuition scholarship at the University of Alabama (UA). Since then, alongside her doctoral studies (sport pedagogy), she has worked as an academic and teaching fellow.
In 2019, she became a senior lecturer in initial teacher education at UEL. Shrehan's current role includes a focus on training future teachers through the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), School Direct, and Apprenticeship routes.
While her specialism is Physical Education (PE), she is also responsible for teaching secondary school trainees in all subject areas, core content, and professional studies. For example, antiracist pedagogy, sociocultural issues, and wellbeing.
She is most proud of her recently published book 'Pedagogies of Social Justice in Physical Education and Youth Sport', and hope it inspires a generation of individuals to 'Be the change'.
The 2022 awards ceremony will take place on 29 September in Liverpool.
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