Sam Messam (right) receives his NTF certificate from Professor Rama Thirunamachandran

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A lecturer from University Centre Bradford College was among a group of higher education professionals to have their teaching excellence praised at a glittering dinner in London.

Sam Messam, who lectures in sport, was among 55 individuals from across the country recognised as a National Teaching Fellow (NTF) by the Higher Education Academy at an awards dinner at Church House in London.

He said: “Spending the day with my 2017 comrades, sharing in our achievements, and discussing the practice that elevated us to National Teaching Fellows was tremendously exciting, and a real honour.

“Having attended an afternoon session on what it meant to be an NTF awardee, we donned our evening wear and were individually and collectively celebrated. It was a beautiful evening and a real privilege to represent Bradford College and the excellent teaching present across the entire institution, as well as an opportunity to reflect on my professional practice as a lecturer in Sports Coaching, and the impact the entire college has on its students, and the wider community.”

The former professional basketball player’s teaching covers a range of subjects with an emphasis on pedagogy, skill acquisition and learning theories as well as the supervision of projects. He has recently taken on the role of Cross-College Research Coordinator, which includes supporting colleagues in all scholarly endeavours as well as promoting scholarship across the college. To this end he is the Editor-in-Chief of the Colleges’ internal journal and utilises the opportunity to engage, promote and disseminate scholarship across the college.

Professor Stephanie Marshall, Chief Executive of the Higher Education Academy said: “The sector is very proud to celebrate the work of its new NTFs. National Teaching Fellows are recognised for their outstanding impact on student learning and the teaching profession.

“All those being recognised are an inspiration to everybody in higher education. Well done to all of them. We look forward to working together to disseminate and share their great practice.”

Professor Rama Thirunamachandran, Chair of HEA Board and Vice-Chancellor of Canterbury Christ Church University added his congratulations, and said: “These awards highlight outstanding work and commitment to teaching and learning from all the individuals and teams involved. The learning from these examples of great teaching practice gives us the opportunity to enrich the student academic experience even more.”