Inspirational Lecturer Recognised with National Award

Dr Rosie Miles, Senior Lecturer in English, has gained a national reputation for e-learning, inspiring hundreds of students and academics at both Wolverhampton and across the country.

She has been recognised by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) with a National Teaching Fellowship for her exceptional contribution to learning and teaching.

The award celebrates individuals who have made an outstanding impact on the student learning experience and includes £10,000 to support professional development.

Dr Miles’s original, award winning and lively online discussion forum activities meet with great acclaim from both students and lecturers and have been very influential.

She said: “I am delighted to receive this award. It is really a tribute to my students, colleagues and the staff at the HEA English Subject Centre who supported my application. It is an honour to be given this recognition.”

Dr Miles writes a popular blog under the name of Ms E-Mentor, offering tips, comments and information related to online learning in English Studies and other literature-based topics.

As an e-learning consultant, she has visited more than 20 English departments to demonstrate to colleagues how to design, integrate and assess discussion forum activities for the subject.

Dr Miles has a research background in Victorian literature and is currently working on a book on Victorian poetry. She has also been committed to encouraging students from non-traditional backgrounds to achieve their highest potential, particularly in the move from undergraduate to postgraduate.

Dr Miles is also a student herself, undertaking an MA in Creative Writing (Poetry) at Manchester Metropolitan University. Her own poem, ‘Cuts’, was chosen by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy for the Poetry Corner column of The Daily Mirror.

With colleagues in English and Creative Writing, she was part of a team behind the popular Online Discussion in English Studies: A Good Practice Guide (2010).

The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme is part of an overall programme to raise the status of learning and teaching in higher education. It is funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England and the Department for Employment and Learning in Northern Ireland.

Dr Miles is one of just 55 winners from higher education institutions across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

ENDS

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