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Awards for inspirational academics


Dr Stephanie Brewster, Dr Matt Smith and Dr David Ellis have all been made Senior Fellows of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).
The honour recognises their contribution to teaching and the support of learning within higher education.
Dr Brewster is a Senior Lecturer in Special Needs and Inclusion Studies, and Dr Smith is a Senior Lecturer in Teaching and Education. Dr Ellis is Head of the Department of Humanities and specialises in English and Literature.
A key aspect of Dr Brewster’s work is the inclusion of learners with additional needs, and the HEA acknowledge the importance of this in the award.
She said: “I achieved fellowship of the HEA following my completion of the PGCert in teaching and learning several years ago and I am delighted to have recently been awarded Senior fellowship.”  
Dr Smith received his award for his leadership of the English Cluster for Primary ITE, and for taking a lead role in developing and embedding Ofsted-recognised excellent teaching in the national priority subject, Systematic Synthetic Phonics.
He said: “I am very proud to be recognised for this work, but would like to publicly thank the entire English Cluster for their efforts and achievements during my time as Cluster Leader.”
Dr Ellis said: "The Senior Fellowship is in recognition of two key interests that characterise my role at Wolverhampton: access to higher education and pedagogic innovation. As a first generation graduate myself I maintain a strong commitment to ensuring widening participation and I have also been very fortunate in being able to build upon a longstanding tradition of teaching and learning research in English and Creative Writing at the University."

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