Top marks for city university’s academic pair

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A PAIR of academics from The University of Sheffield have been recognised with awards for excellence in higher education teaching.

Dr Brendan Stone, from the school of English, literature, language and linguistics, and Dr Tony Cowling, from the department of computer science, were chosen by the Higher Education Academy for National Teaching Fellowships.

Each award-winner will be presented with £10,000 to be used for their professional development in teaching and learning or aspects of pedagogy.

Dr Stone, who left school at 16 with few qualifications but returned to education in his 30s, has developed several initiatives including one which brings marginalised or excluded residents and undergraduates together to study.

He uses his experience of long-term disability and unemployment to shape his work and said he was ‘honoured’.

Dr Cowling led the creation of a degree in software engineering - one of the first in the world. He said: “Individual bits of work get recognised from time to time, and that is encouraging, but this recognises 20-plus years of effort, which feels far more significant.”

Both men will receive their awards in London in October.