Top award for head of psychology at University of Portsmouth

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AN EXPERT in removing psychological and emotional barriers to learning has been awarded a National Teaching Fellowship.

Dr Sherria Hoskins, head of the Department of Psychology at the University of Portsmouth, is one of 55 higher education staff nationally to receive the honour this year.

The National Teaching Fellowship is the most prestigious award for excellence in higher education teaching and support for learning.

Each fellow will receive £10,000 towards their professional development in teaching and learning.

Dr Hoskins plans to use the money to set up a centre for evidence-based education, to continue her work developing and evaluating ways to break down the psychological barriers that prevent young people from applying to university.

Dr Hoskins said: ‘I couldn’t believe it. I am over the moon to be acknowledged alongside some of the people that I hold in such high esteem.’

The new National Teaching Fellows will attend an awards ceremony in London in October.