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Dr Sam Grogan appointed as Director of Teaching Excellence Alliance (TEA) programme

Mar 21, 2017

Sam Grogan NSS 2016
Dr Sam Grogan, Pro Vice-Chancellor Student Experience

In a great coup for the University, Dr Sam Grogan, Pro Vice-Chancellor Student Experience, has been appointed as Director of the Teaching Excellence Alliance (TEA) programme. Following a process of selection, Sam’s appointment to the role by the University Alliance is a positive reflection of our position at the forefront of developments in teaching excellence. His new role is particularly timely as last week it was also announced that we’ve just been nominated in the Teaching Excellence category at the prestigious Guardian University Awards.

The TEA is a collaborative programme for University Alliance universities across the UK which aims to enhance teaching excellence and raise the profile of the particular pedagogies and real-world relevance of learning and teaching at University Alliance institutions. By taking a whole-university approach to learning the TEA brings together practitioners and professional university staff with employers and students, to develop world-leading teaching methods and learning environments. Rather than reacting to government and sector-body policy, the TEA aims to set the agenda for excellence in progressive teaching and learning and the holistically development of resilient career-ready graduates and global citizens.

“This is a real feather in the cap for our university and will help showcase and share our progressive teaching, as further developed and enhanced through our ICZ-ready curriculum design principles.” said Sam. “As Director, I’ll be acting as a figurehead for the TEA programme. I’ll be working to highlight and systematically develop cross-sector recognition, collaboration and opportunities for cutting edge teaching practices, and then sharing this practice with government and sector stakeholders in order to influence sectoral developments in the area of teaching and learning. Future facing, teaching excellence with a strong focal relevance to the real world is a subject I feel passionate about and I’m looking forward to driving progressive higher education teaching and learning practices both in the UK and abroad.”