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Dr Jos Darling
Dr Jos Darling

Press Release - 26 June 2008

Bath lecturer is awarded prestigious fellowship

A University of Bath lecturer has received a prestigious national award which recognises excellence in teaching and learning.

Dr Jos Darling is one of 50 lecturers and learning support staff from across England and Northern Ireland to be awarded a National Teaching Fellowship from the Higher Education Academy.

A Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering, Dr Darling is also Director of Studies to eight undergraduate degree programmes and 850 students.

Chris Lamming, a recent graduate from Bath, said: “In teaching, Dr Darling brings enthusiasm and vibrancy, add to this his quirky sense of humour and his connectedness with the students it’s easy to see why he’s held in such high regard by the student body.”

Each winner will receive an award of £10,000 which may be used for their personal and/or professional development in teaching. On receiving the award, Dr Darling said: “It’s great to receive this recognition at a national level for doing something that I enjoy, although the honours should equally be shared with my colleagues and students at Bath that work with me to develop new ideas in learning and teaching.”

Dr Darling’s achievements include an EU-sponsored project selected by Time magazine as one of the top six inventions in 2007 and was subsequently shown by his research students at the 2007 Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition.

Recently, Dr Darling has worked with a software house to design a car racing computer game which, combined with a practical dragster design and build competition, supports his teaching of engineering dynamics. This project received the 2007 University of Bath Innovation in Learning & Teaching Award.

As well as this, for the past ten years Dr Darling has led his students in the Shell Eco Marathon, winning six of the various prize categories. Their most successful vehicle managed 3,661 miles per gallon.

The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme is part of a programme to raise the status of learning and teaching in higher education.

The scheme recognises and celebrates individuals who make an outstanding impact on the student learning experience, and provides a national focus for institutional teaching and learning excellence schemes.

Funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England the scheme is split into two parts; Individual National Teaching Fellowship Awards and Projects.

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