Sport lecturer competes for top award

Sam Messam, sport lecturer at Bradford College, has been nominated for a teaching award

The expertise of a lecturer at Bradford College has brought him a nomination for a prestigious national award.

Sam Messam, a sports coaching lecturer at Bradford College, was put forward to become a National Teaching Fellow.

Awarded by the Higher Education Academy, fellowships are the most prestigious individual award for excellence in teaching in Higher Education. 

Academics are nominated for their individual excellence and contributions to raising the profile of teaching excellence through scholarship and innovation. Sam will be in competition with many prominent figures across the university sector.

A former professional basketballer, Messam is the course leader for the Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching at Bradford College.

He has more than 20 years coaching experience which includes club, county and national coaching posts.

He is one of only three UKCC Level 4 Basketball Coaches in the UK and delivers coach education courses for Basketball England, the game’s national governing body.

He has implemented a number of curricular initiatives in the last year in support of developing student sports coaches and teachers including a mentoring and peer assessment programme.

Dr Graham Steven, Dean of Scholarship and Research at Bradford College, said: “Sam was nominated due to an impressive record in learning and teaching praxis, together with a substantial publication record that serves to demonstrate his stature as a Higher Education practitioner.

“He is a member of the College Scholarship and Research Committee, the Scholarship and Research Working Group and is the Cross College Research Coordinator.”

Bradford College offers a number of sport degrees. Full details are available on the college website.