For she's a Holley good Fellow

Published: 11 June 2014 at 09:58

Anglia Ruskin lecturer honoured with the most prestigious award in Higher Education

A lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University committed to helping her students access education using technology has been chosen for the most prestigious award for excellence in Higher Education teaching.

Dr Debbie Holley, Reader, Education & Technology at Anglia Ruskin, has been made a National Teaching Fellow (NTF) and will receive £10,000 to support her development in her role.

On entering academia from industry, she realised some students on her Transport course worked shifts and had trouble attending regular classes. She has since dedicated her research interests to overcoming barriers faced by students trying to access learning from outside the classroom, using technology and digital solutions to make sure those students were not disadvantaged. Her research has made a real difference to education, nursing and social work students when working away from their Anglia Ruskin base.

The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme is funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) and the Department for Employment and Learning in Northern Ireland (DELNI) and is administered by the Higher Education Authority (HEA). Dr Holley is one of 55 individuals to become an NTF this year out of 180 nominees across the UK.

Dr Holley said:

“I am delighted to have received this award. I am still rather stunned but so happy to receive it. I am really pleased this will fly the flag for all of us at Anglia Ruskin who are very committed to our students and their learning.”

Anglia Ruskin’s Deputy Vice Chancellor, Professor Lesley Dobree, said:

“I am truly delighted that Debbie has been awarded a National Teaching Fellowship. She has proved herself to be a highly motivated, innovative and inspirational teacher. In addition to being a wonderful personal achievement for Debbie, this is also a great accolade for our Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education and Anglia Ruskin more widely. We are extremely proud of our National Teaching Fellow.”

Dr Holley’s application, and those of the other two nominees from Anglia Ruskin, was supported by Anglia Learning and Teaching over a three-month period leading up to January.

She will receive her award during a ceremony at Liverpool Cathedral on 8 October, which will be followed by a celebratory dinner.