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UEA recognised for Teaching Excellence

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The exceptional contribution made by University of East Anglia (UEA) academics to inspiring their students and enriching their disciplines was recognised in the Higher Education Academy’s 2016 Higher Education Awards on 8 December.

Dr Eylem Atakav, Senior Lecturer in Film and Television Studies in the School of Art, Media and American Studies, has been appointed a National Teaching Fellow (NTF), the premier accolade for British Higher Education professionals.

“I am honoured to have been appointed a NTF,” she said. “It is the most prestigious of awards that can be conferred on a UK academic and I am grateful for all the support I received from colleagues and students. Both at national and international levels, I hope to carry on promoting the significance of internationalisation in teaching, and the value of taking teaching and research outside the classroom to engage with the public and policymakers. That is where I think academics can contribute to change.”

Eylem’s academic interests are in Middle Eastern film and television, the representation of “honour” crimes in the media and women’s cinema, and her courses are characterised by her innovative, research-based teaching style and have a strong focus on preparing her students for future employment. She has also contributed to a House of Lords Commission report on Religion and Belief in British Public Life.

The Fellowship adds to the recognition she has already received, including becoming the first non-US academic to receive the Society for Cinema and Media Studies’ highly prestigious Pedagogy Award, given to just one person annually, and ensures her impact on current and future students both at UEA and the other universities which will now compete for her keynote presentations.

An interdisciplinary team led by Prof Kay Yeoman has been shortlisted for a Collaborative Award for Team Excellence for the work they’ve done in developing the discipline of Science Communication at UEA – a crucial skill that enables Science graduates moving into careers in science to communicate their work to non-specialists. Team members from the School of Biological Sciences, Norwich Medical School and School of Environmental Sciences have created methods and materials that have also been adopted by other universities as a framework for their own modules.