Professor Darren Reynolds with beaker of cleaned water

Expert academics

Our academic staff are scholars, experts and leaders in their field, with connections in industry, practice and the professions.

Their research specialisms represent a broad range of subjects and topics. So they frequently attend events, advise on projects, and provide media commentary. They also achieve national recognition for their excellence in teaching.

National awards for teaching excellence

As well as supporting professional development, we encourage our academic staff to enter awards that recognise their teaching excellence. This has led to ten staff members achieving national acclaim as National Teaching Fellows for the Higher Education Academy.

Our most recent National Teaching Fellows

Dr Karen Henderson
Dr Karen HendersonSenior Lecturer in Mathematics
Karen pioneered the use of e-assessment in our Mathematics department as one of the leading developers of our algorithmic web-based DEWIS e-assessment system. She also worked with colleague Tim Swift to establish and run our successful espressoMaths service, which provides mathematical and statistical support for all UWE Bristol students.

As well as receiving student-led awards for her teaching brilliance, UWE Bristol awarded Karen a Learning and Teaching Fellowship in 2012. She received the prestigious HEA National Teaching Fellow in 2015.

Dr Jeanette Sakel
Dr Jeanette SakelSenior Lecturer in Linguistics
A deep interest in pedagogy, language and linguistics has led Jeanette to write textbooks and conduct research in these specialisms. As a member of the National Committee for Linguistics in Education, she works to make language and grammar accessible in schools and higher education. Her innovative teaching videos help her achieve this. 

Jeanette is on the UWE Bristol Academic Board and helped develop our Language and Linguistics curriculum, which incorporates employability skills and practical applications. This work led to her receiving a UWE Bristol Learning and Teaching Fellowship. And we’re pleased to say she was named an HEA National Teaching Fellow in 2015.

The rest of our National Teaching Fellows

Visit The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme at UWE Bristol (a UWE Bristol login may be needed).

More teaching stars

It's well known that the difference between a good degree and a great degree is in the quality of the teaching. Here are a few teaching stars from our inspiring team of academics.

Darren Reynolds, Professor of Health and Environment
Department of Applied Sciences

Darren is recognised all over the world for his research into technologies that improve healthcare, food security and resource management. He is passionate about science and the environment, and enjoys inspiring students through research.  And he is proud of the work they go on to do in this field.

Madge Dresser, Reader in History
Department of Arts and Cultural Industries

Madge is a leading authority on the British Slave Trade. She has published widely on Bristol’s history and the history of the British national identity. And she has presented and contributed to programmes on BBC Radio 3, Radio 4 and the World Service.

Martyn Harries, Senior Lecturer
Department of Computer Science and Creative Technologies.

BAFTA and Emmy award winner, Martyn, worked for the BBC for more than 25 years. He has crafted sounds for high profile programmes including Sir David Attenborough’s natural history documentaries. And he can be found playing trumpet with well-known bands, ensembles and orchestras across Bristol. 

Find out more about UWE Bristol's stars in our experts directory.

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