SEMS academic awarded prestigious National Teaching Fellowship

1 September 2017

Dr M Hasan Shaheed
Dr M Hasan Shaheed
We are incredibly proud to announce that Dr. M Hasan Shaheed has been awarded a National Teaching Fellowship (NTF) - the most prestigious award for excellence in Higher Education teaching and student learning support. Widely recognised in the UK and internationally, the award celebrates individuals who have made an exemplary impact on student learning and promoted excellence in teaching. Each HE institution in the UK can nominate only 3 potential fellows to the Higher Education Academy, from these nominees’ finalists are selected – it is an incredibly competitive field and a fantastic achievement for Hasan. Candidates are assessed under three criteria: individual excellence, raising the profile of excellence and developing excellence.

Dr Shaheed received this award for his outstanding contribution, among others, in student-centred learning, research-led teaching and supervision of a diverged range of award winning student projects. Previously Hasan received, the Queen Mary Drapers’ prize for Developments in Learning and Teaching for and a Queen Mary Drapers' Teaching Fellowship for demonstrating a sustained commitment to the highest quality teaching and best teaching practices. SEMS now has two academic staff who have been awarded a National Teaching Fellowship, Prof. James Busfield was recognised for his contribution to teaching and learning in 2009.

Hasan said, ‘I am thrilled and honoured to have been recognised for my effort to make learning student-centred, exciting and research-led. I feel privileged to have been nominated for this award by QMUL and finally to be named by the Higher Education Academy among the eminent academics across the UK who have received this prestigious award. The wonderful support from outstanding colleagues at all levels and amazing students in a vibrant learning environment at QMUL made this possible. I have been hugely inspired by excellent comments received from my students. What could be more satisfying and fulfilling for a teacher than students stopping them on the corridor just to say that they have understood and enjoyed the subject matter of the lectures delivered? I look forward to building on my achievements and working with students and colleagues in developing teaching excellence using my research outcomes as appropriate. I am grateful to Dr. Carole Davis, Head of Educational Development and her team for mentoring, guidance and support with the NFT application.”

Professor Rebecca Lingwood, Vice-Principal (Student Experience, Teaching & Learning) congratulated Hasan, saying, “This is a significant achievement reflecting your teaching contributions, which we know are much appreciated by our students. Very many congratulations!”

On hearing the news, Principal Simon Gaskell said “Hasan, your contributions to teaching at QMUL, alongside your research achievements and success in enterprise activities, are inspirational. Thank you!”

Hasan has made significant contributions to higher education and his subject discipline which inspire a commitment to deep learning amongst his students whilst they regularly play a role as co-researchers. Hasan is continually seeking new and creative ways to draw on the results of his own widely acclaimed and substantive research into robotics and renewable energy to inform his teaching of our students. His sustained commitment to ensuring that high quality research informs the curriculum and teaching methodologies are based on pedagogic values which see the delivery of first class engineering education as dependent on a synergy between research and teaching.
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