Loughborough academic wins prestigious National Teaching Fellowship

Dr Hilary McDermott, a Senior University Teacher in Psychology, has been awarded a prestigious National Teaching Fellowship by Advance HE.

The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) celebrates and recognises individuals who have made an outstanding impact on student outcomes and the teaching profession in higher education.

Dr McDermott, from the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, is an acclaimed teaching practitioner within Psychology and is recognised as an innovative educator. She provides leadership and mentoring to academic staff and as Programme Lead for Psychology, she helps support over 1,000 students.

Speaking about her award, Loughborough’s Pro Vice-Chancellor for Education and Student Experience, Professor Rachel Thomson, said: “Dr McDermott is an inspiration to many, and it is fantastic to see her contribution to higher education recognised by this national award. I am also very grateful to her for the support she provides for our students.”

Dr McDermott added: “I am honoured to become a National Teaching Fellow. I feel lucky to be able to do what I love doing every day and I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to my journey over the years”  

Alison Johns, Chief Executive, Advance HE said: “Congratulations to each and every new National Teaching Fellow on this fantastic achievement. 

“At Advance HE, we run the prestigious NTF and CATE awards for the UK higher education sector with enormous pride. The challenges of offering an outstanding teaching experience in recent years have been very demanding, but the sector has risen to the challenge.”  

Dr McDermott will be presented with her Fellowship at a special awards ceremony in September. The full list of the 2022 winners of the National Teaching Fellowship can be found here.

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Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, named the best university in the world for sports-related subjects in the 2022 QS World University Rankings and University of the Year for Sport by The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2022.

Loughborough is in the top 10 of every national league table, being ranked 7th in The UK Complete University Guide 2022, and 10th in both the Guardian University League Table 2022 and the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022.

Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and is in the top 10 in England for research intensity. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

The Loughborough University London campus is based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and offers postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities. It is home to influential thought leaders, pioneering researchers and creative innovators who provide students with the highest quality of teaching and the very latest in modern thinking.