Top recognition for education expert

A leading education expert from the University of Wolverhampton has received a prestigious award which recognises excellence in teaching.

Diana Bannister MBE has achieved Principal Fellow status from the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

The title recognises the University’s commitment to delivering the highest standards of teaching and improving the student experience.

Diana is Assistant Director for Pedagogic Partnerships and Head of Postgraduate Taught Provision within the Institute of Education.

She said: “I feel incredibly proud to have been recognised as Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. It brings together 16 years of work here at the University of Wolverhampton but also working with so many people both nationally and internationally in my area of expertise.

“I work with teachers and school leaders, to inform teaching excellence in the use of learning technologies in the classroom. But what I’m particularly interested in is bridging the gap in higher education between policy and practice, to make complex ideas more accessible to everyone.”

Diana Bannister started her career as a Primary School teacher and Deputy Head teacher, and came to the University to lead on technology related school improvement in schools.

Since 2009, she has led on several European Projects working with European Schoolnet which brings together over 30 Ministries of Education to look at excellence in teaching and learning using technologies.  Her focus is how they can mainstream practice and enable change in schools. 

As Head of Postgraduate Taught provision, she leads across MA Education and Postgraduate qualifications in Education. 

She is currently working on guidelines for Exploring and Adapting Learning Spaces which brings together case studies from eight countries across Europe.  This is due to be published at the end of October. 

Principal Fellowship of the HEA is awarded to professionals who demonstrate a sustained record of effective strategic leadership in academic practice and academic development contributing to high quality student learning.

Further information

For more information please contact the Media Relations Office on 01902 32 2736 or 01902 518647.

Date Issued: Tuesday, 03 October 2017

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