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 Fellowships can be found here.