Date of release: Friday, December 9, 2016

Jennifer FieldAn inspiring Primary Education lecturer at the University of Greenwich has been awarded a prestigious National Teaching Fellowship.

Jennifer Field, a Principal Lecturer in the university's Faculty of Education & Health, has been recognised by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) for her "passionate work in making maths a rich, creative subject". The HEA adds: "She has an excellent reputation for inspirational approaches, which have improved mathematics teaching in the primary classroom, both locally and nationally, over the past three decades."

The National Teaching Fellowship is the UK's most prestigious award for excellence in higher education teaching. Jennifer becomes one of just 55 lecturers and learning support staff across the country to be recognised this year, having been chosen from hundreds of nominations.

She says: "A huge factor in my success is being part of a strong, dynamic Department of Primary Education, which is expertly led. Working with a group of talented people who are really passionate about education is a privilege, and this has inspired me to do well."

Professor Susan Lea, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at the university, adds: "I am delighted that Jennifer's outstanding contribution to the field of primary education has been recognised by this award. It is a wonderful achievement which is well deserved."

A former University of Greenwich student, Jennifer worked as a primary school teacher for 15 years. She was one of the first National Leading Mathematics Teachers, teaching demonstration lessons observed by hundreds of teachers, and supporting the local authority by training mathematics coordinators across the borough. Ofsted graded her teaching as 'outstanding'.

A member of the university since 2002, she became Head of Primary Mathematics in 2005, and in 2012 was promoted to Principal Lecturer for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, becoming a University Teaching Fellow.

In 2015 Jennifer was awarded Senior Fellowship of the HEA. Her outstanding achievements include winning a bid to lead a national government-funded Mathematics Specialist Teacher Programme (MaST). Over five years she educated specialists in 70 schools and led consultants across five local authorities. She now takes an innovative approach, which sees her alumni of specialist teachers mentoring her current specialist students.

Jennifer is currently researching how south-east Asian approaches to teaching mathematics could influence UK practice, and is also publishing in this area. She was involved in the National Shanghai Exchange Programme in 2015, and is promoting UK policy change in schools in approaches to learning times tables and teaching within a mastery curriculum.

The university's other National Teaching Fellows include Professor Susan Lea; Simon Walker, Head of the Educational Development Unit; Tony Mann, Director, Greenwich Maths Centre; and Dr David Evans, Senior Lecturer in Sexual Health.

Profiles of all the 2016 National Teaching Fellows can be found here:
https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/national-teaching-fellows-2016

To find out more about degree programmes on offer in the Faculty of Education & Health: http://www.gre.ac.uk/eduhea/study/programmes

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Picture: Jennifer Field.