UK accolade for university academics

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TWO academics have gained national recognition for their work ensuring Sunderland graduates have top experiences.

The University of Sunderland’s Dr Maddalena Taras, senior lecturer in education, and Dr Wendy Thorley, senior lecturer in childhood studies, have been awarded National Teaching Fellowships by the Higher Education Academy.

Dr Taras won her award for outstanding work in assessment.

She has developed a model of self-assessment which encourages students to understand their own learning journey and supports assessment performance.

Dr Thorley has been awarded her fellowship for her work in childhood studies, her use of learning technologies, and her initiatives for engaging her students with the wider community.

Professor Julie Mennell, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the university, said: “We are very pleased that Wendy and Maddalena have achieved national recognition for their contribution to learning and teaching and the student experience.

“To have both of our applicants recognised in this way is a tremendous achievement, not only for Wendy and Maddalena, but also for our university and the staff who supported and encouraged them to succeed.”