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Dr Jenny Marie awarded UCL's first National Teaching Fellowship

3 September 2018

Dr Jenny Marie has been awarded a National Teaching Fellowship by the Higher Education Academy in recognition of her outstanding work developing staff-student partnerships to enhance education at UCL.

Dr Jenny Marie

The National Teaching Fellowship scheme celebrates and recognises individuals who have made an outstanding impact on student outcomes and the teaching profession in higher education. 

Dr Marie, who is Principal Teaching Fellow in the Arena Centre for Research-based Education, is the first person at UCL to receive the prestigious award.

Since the award was first given in 2000, there are now more than 815 National Teaching Fellows, with up to 55 individuals receiving the award each year.

Dr Marie has worked in academic development since 2005 and led UCL's flagship student/staff partnership programme, UCL ChangeMakers, since 2015. 

In her time leading the programme, she has developed it from a small pilot of student-initiated projects into a large, strategic programme at UCL.

Professor Anthony Smith, Vice-Provost (Education and Student Affairs) said: "This recognition is richly deserved. Jenny has played a key role in developing the way we work in partnership with our students to make the education we offer even better."

Dr Marie has developed support for UCL departments with low student satisfaction, enabling them to work with students to enhance their practice. 

The department teaching team works with a student 'ASER facilitator' to gather and analyse student perspectives, which then inform their annual development plan and an enhancement project which is carried out in partnership with students. 

She has also developed a scheme whereby students and staff work together to review teaching on a module and she has secured its place as an option for Peer Dialogue at the Institution.   

Dr Marie has worked on the HEFCE-funded REACT project, to enhance the inclusivity of student engagement schemes and is a member of the RAISE network's committee.

She has also advised the Engineering faculty on the development of their world-leading Integrated Engineering Programme, particularly through collecting and analysing data on the student experience of the programme. 

Dr Marie is also interested in Assessment and Feedback issues. Through the ChangeMakers scheme, she has supported students to develop guides to assessment and feedback and is currently piloting a new version of 'Meet the Researcher', which is designed to enhance students' feedback literacy.