The National Teaching Fellowships recognise excellence in higher education teaching and support for learning.

The winners were chosen from more than 200 nominations submitted by higher education institutions across England, Northern Ireland and Wales.

Specialising in the field of experimental fluid mechanics, Dr Lock has created an innovative design activity for undergraduates at Rolls-Royce which provides his students with an excellent opportunity to apply engineering science and demonstrate their ability for engineering design work in an industrial environment.

Dr Lock’s award of £10,000 will be used for his professional development in teaching and learning or aspects of pedagogy.

Professor Bernie Morley, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching) said: “Our congratulations to Dr Gary Lock from Mechanical Engineering on his success in being awarded a National Teaching Fellowship by the Higher Education Academy this year.

“I am delighted that we have yet another National Teaching Fellow at the University as this demonstrates the extremely high calibre and quality of our teaching staff. A well-deserved award.”

Gwen van der Velden, Director of the Learning and Teaching Enhancement Office, said: “Each year we work with academic staff to help support and promote many of the exciting and innovative approaches to learning and teaching within the University at a national level.

“We are delighted that, once again, the University has another National Teaching Fellow and we add our congratulations to Gary.”

Craig Mahoney, chief executive of the HEA, said: “I have been privileged to meet many National Teaching Fellows across the country and have been inspired by their work and achievements.

“Their commitment and expertise are an inspiration to academics and students alike across the sector.

“The dedication of the 55 new Fellows is to be applauded and provides further evidence of the high quality innovative practices that students paying fees will increasingly expect to experience in higher education.”