Sally is singled out for teaching excellence

Published: 31 August 2017 at 08:36

Dr Sally Everett

Prestigious award given to a third Anglia Ruskin University lecturer in four years

An Anglia Ruskin University lecturer has been made a National Teaching Fellow (NTF) by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) – the third time in four years such an honour has been bestowed on one of the university’s teaching staff.

Dr Sally Everett, who is Deputy Dean (Quality and Student Experience) within Anglia Ruskin’s Faculty of Business and Law, is one of 55 lecturers across the country to have received the fellowship, which is the most prestigious individual award for excellence in higher education.

Dr Everett has been with Anglia Ruskin since 2013 and oversees the business school’s quality management and enhancement, student experience, curriculum development and its teaching and learning strategy, meaning responsibility for several thousands of students, on-campus and studying at its UK and international associate colleges.

A graduate of the University of Bristol, her research interests include social and cultural tourism geographies, rural tourism development, visitor management and inclusive curriculum practices in higher education.

Dr Everett has worked tirelessly since her arrival at Anglia Ruskin to improve National Student Survey scores across her faculty, with strategies she implemented helping overall satisfaction scores to rise to well above the UK sector average – high scores which have been sustained for the past four years. 

She has also overseen an award-winning student intern scheme and portfolio of initiatives to boost employability, and has chaired the Anglia Ruskin’s Disability Working Group, which has championed the introduction of inclusive practices across the whole university, since 2014.

In addition, she has been a mentor to several colleagues and is a regular presenter at international conferences.

Dr Everett said: 
“I am delighted to have been awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in recognition of my work. I am extremely fortunate to have worked with some wonderful colleagues who have shared my commitment to providing inclusive, active and participatory learning through meaningful collaborative partnership with students. 

“I believe in providing opportunities for all by utilising innovative and inspirational teaching approaches, and look forward to building on this work in our business school.”

HEA Chief Executive, Professor Stephanie Marshall, said: 
“A National Teaching Fellowship is the most prestigious individual award for excellence in teaching in higher education. These awards represent a fantastic achievement by all 55 new NTFs. I am sure the whole sector joins me in applauding them in their success.

“The UK is justifiably proud of its higher education sector and its reputation is enhanced by the examples of excellent teaching highlighted by these awards.”

Dr Everett has become the third Anglia Ruskin lecturer to receive the fellowship in the past four years, following awards for Dr Mark Kerrigan in 2016 and Debbie Holley in 2014.

The award will be presented at a ceremony in London on 1 November.