Claire Ketnor is a principal lecturer in the department of engineering and maths, and the teaching and learning portfolio lead for the department. Claire uses a variety of innovative teaching and learning approaches to make her practice inclusive, including the use of Rubik’s cubes to teach abstract concepts.
Claire also introduced several different assessment activities including video assignments and work-related learning. Through these methods, students are given opportunities to demonstrate their understanding according to how they communicate best, encouraging inclusivity and to help students who may struggle with traditional approaches,
On Claire’s award, Professor David Shepherd, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, said: “Claire is an academic of outstanding achievement, who has displayed huge energy, exceptional insight and sustained commitment to extending students’ understanding of mathematics in ways that are innovative and inclusive. We are delighted that she has received this recognition from Advance HE and congratulate her on becoming Sheffield Hallam’s newest National Teaching Fellow.”
Claire is also passionate about introducing initiatives to help students transition into university and foster feelings of belonging, which are important for retention and student success.
Alison Johns, Chief Executive, Advance HE, said: “Congratulations to all of the new National Teaching Fellows and Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE) teams on this prestigious accolade which recognises and rewards their commitment to teaching and learning and the impact it has on student success.
“It is with great pride that we run these awards for the UK higher education sector designed to celebrate these passionate people who make such a difference to students’ education and to the practice of their colleagues. We look forward to working with the new NTFs and CATE winners and sharing their excellent practice with colleagues around the sector.”
The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) is a competitive UK-wide scheme which recognises individuals who have made an outstanding impact on student outcomes and the teaching profession in higher education.
Claire will collect her award at the 2023 ceremony in Birmingham.
Find out more about Dr Ketnor and see the full list of winners here.