National Teaching Fellows awarded to two Warwick Academics

Dr Letizia Gramaglia (WIHEA) and Dr Meleisa Ono-George (History), have been awarded new National Teaching Fellows in 2021.

National Teaching Fellowships are the most prestigious awards for excellence in higher education teaching, and impact on student outcomes. 2021 sees the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) surpass 1,000 awardees in its 21-year history, 55 academics have been awarded the fellowship, including Dr Ono-George and Dr Gramaglia.

Dr Letizia Gramaglia is Head of Academic Development and Director of the Warwick International Higher Education Academy (WIHEA) . Her leadership of academic development has had a major impact on the whole institution, enhancing the learning experience of staff and students alike, she comments:

"This award recognises the importance of academic development, as it is based on my work to strategically redesign learning and teaching development opportunities, make them more accessible, and encourage more colleagues to take part.

"It’s been really rewarding to work closely with the Monash Education Academy, using Warwick experiences to help to develop an AdvanceHE accredited scheme for professional recognition of teaching in HE at Monash University. I’m keen to continue working to ensure greater parity of esteem for colleagues whose work is education-focussed."

Dr Gramaglia is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has led educational projects on inclusive pedagogies and assessment. Her disciplinary background is in post-colonial studies, with a research focus on Indo-Caribbean literature and history of mental health institutions in the Caribbean.

Dr Meleisa Ono-George is an innovative public and social cultural historian of race and gender in the Anglo-Caribbean and Britain, with expertise in anti-racist pedagogy and inclusive teaching practice. She has co-chaired the university’s Race Equality Taskforce (RET) and has co-led the development of the pioneering staff programme, Tackling Racial Inequality at Warwick (TRIW). Dr Ono-George comments:

"I am delighted by the success of my nomination for a National Teaching Fellowship. The nomination and award is based on my work on embedding anti-racist pedagogy in the discipline of History and higher education institutions more broadly.

"I am indebted to the numerous students and staff that I have learned from and worked with in efforts to bring about cultural change, particularly those in the WIHEA anti-racist pedagogy learning circle, the TRIW team and those on the RET. I hope that this award speaks to shifts in culture and recognition that anti-racist advocacy in HEI is important and valuable to all students and staff."

Dr Meleisa Ono-George is Associate Professor [and Director of Student Experience] in the Department of History and is interested in constructions of ’race’ and the ways people oppressed within society negotiate and navigate structures of power and inequality.

Alison Johns, Chief Executive of Advance HE, said: "I am delighted to congratulate the 2021 NTFS and CATE awardees on their achievements. This year marks the 1000th National Teaching Fellowship award. Over the years, each and every NTF has made an impact on the sector - both on the students they teach and on their fellow teaching staff who look to them for inspiration and guidance.

"Well done to each and every awardee on this outstanding achievement."

ENDS

5 AUGUST 2021


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