Lecturer receives a top national award

Sara Holmes
Sara Holmes
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A UNIVERSITY lecturer has won a national award.

Sara Holmes MBE, the head of the Dental Academy, at the University of Portsmouth, has been selected to win a National Teaching Fellowship award by the Higher Education Academy.

The awards recognise excellence in higher education teaching and support for learning.

Fellowship award-winners receive £10,000 which may be used for their professional development in teaching and learning.

Sara is one of 55 lecturers and learning support staff to receive the award and she was selected from over 180 nominations across the UK.

Sara was selected for her strong vision and for her innovative and original approach to teaching and learning.

She led the development of the university’s Dental Academy, which opened in September 2010, and its predecessor, the School of Professionals Complementary to Dentistry.

Sara, who originally trained as a dental nurse, said: ‘It’s a huge honour to be recognised by the Higher Education Academy for something about which I feel so passionately, but I would not have been selected without the hard work and support of my colleagues.

‘The unique model we created for the Dental Academy is already producing high quality dentists and dental care professionals who have benefitted from working in teams and who are working in the community.

‘I strongly believe that we can develop that model and find new and innovative ways of teaching and delivering the best graduates.’

The new National Teaching Fellows will receive their awards at a ceremony in London in October.