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Tim Bilham receives his award
Tim Bilham receives his award from Bill Rammell MP, Minister of State, Lifelong Learning, Further & Higher Education (left) and Professor Rick Trainor, Chair of the awarding panel (right)

Internal News - 01 October 2007

Tim Bilham receives National Teaching Fellowship

Tim Bilham, Director of Education Research and Development in the School for Health, was made a National Teaching Fellow at an award ceremony held last month by the Higher Education Academy.

Its National Teaching Fellowship Scheme recognises and rewards individual excellence in teaching in higher education in England and Northern Ireland.

He received his award from Bill Rammell MP, Minister of State, Lifelong Learning, Further and Higher Education and Professor Rick Trainor, Principal of King's College London, who chaired the awarding panel.

The University was represented by Professor Ken Judge, Head of the School for Health.

Mr Bilham was commended for ‘the extent and depth of his contributions, as well as his conscious and committed dialogue between theory and advanced practice in a wide range of areas.’

At Bath he has been influential in the development of distance and adult education and more recently e-learning across the University. He has held previous academic appointments at the Universities of Leeds and Sheffield and worked with the Open University. He has contributed to national projects in adult and distance education.

In his international work he directed two development projects which created sustainable Colleges of Open and Distance Education in Namibia and Botswana.

Gwen van der Velden, the Director of Learning and Teaching Enhancement said: “Since arriving at the University of Bath almost exactly twenty years ago, Tim has made an outstanding contribution to distance learning, e-learning and work based learning mainly for professionals. Thousands of University of Bath students have benefited directly from his excellent abilities to support and steer their learning, and from the high quality programmes that his staff have provided over the years. Much of his curriculum development work, especially for health professionals, was ahead of its time. It is for the advanced nature of his work that Tim Bilham has rightly been awarded.”

Speaking of his award, Mr Bilham said: “The award recognises the importance of continuing and distance education and e-learning as legitimate components of university provision. Working in these fields is very much a team effort and I would like to acknowledge the many colleagues and students who I have worked with in Bath and other universities and from whom I have learnt a great deal.

“I am also especially pleased that excellence in learning and teaching has been recognised at the University of Bath. There are many other fine examples across the University and I hope that my success may encourage colleagues to have their work similarly recognised in the future.”

The Fellowship carries a prize of £10,000 for personal development and an opportunity to bid for £200,000 project funding.

The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme has been in existence since 2000 and there are currently 276 Fellows. The University of Bath’s other National Teaching Fellow is Professor Chris Budd, Professor of Applied Mathematics, who was made a Fellow in 2001.