Lesley Morrell and Jenny Louise-Lawrence


University academics named National Teaching Fellows for outstanding service

Two University of Hull colleagues have been named on a prestigious national list which celebrates outstanding contributions to higher education teaching and learning.

Dr Jenny-Louise Lawrence and Dr Lesley Morrell have been appointed National Teaching Fellows by Advance HE.

The scheme celebrates and recognises individuals who have made an outstanding impact on student outcomes and the teaching profession in higher education.

Professor Becky Huxley-Binns, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education) at the University of Hull, said: “I would first and foremost like to congratulate Dr Lawrence and Dr Morrell for being named National Teaching Fellows by Advance HE.

"During their time at the University, both Jenny-Louise and Lesley have gone far above and beyond the call of duty. Their tireless commitment to ensuring the highest standards of teaching and learning is what makes them so incredibly worthy of this accolade.

“We are incredibly proud at the University of Hull to have two new members of the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme. Ensuring all of our students receive the best possible learning experience is at the heart of everything we do, and both Jenny-Louise and Lesley encapsulate that vision perfectly.”

Dr Jenny-Louise Lawrence is Head of the Teaching Excellence Academy at the University of Hull.

In the role, she has successfully transformed academic development practices and significantly increased engagement with professional learning across the University.

The Academy was integral to the University of Hull’s 26-place rise in the 2019 Times HE University rankings, 17-place rise in the Complete University Guide 2020, and enhanced NSS results 2020.

Dr Lawrence first studied as a mature student at the University of Hull, her hometown university.

She discovered she is dyslexic in her final year of study, and graduated in Philosophy and Gender Studies in 1997. She completed her PhD in 2002.


Alison Johns, CEO at Advance HE, said: “I am sure I am joined by the entire sector in congratulating the 2020 National Teaching Fellows Scheme awardees.

“All of the winners should be extremely proud of their achievement of what are prestigious, national teaching awards. Their work epitomises the outstanding commitment to teaching in the UK higher education sector, which this year has been more demanding than ever before.

“Well done to each and every one of them.”

Dr Lesley Morrell is Associate Dean (Education) in the Faculty of Science and Engineering, and a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Biological and Marine Sciences at the University of Hull.

She is passionate about enhancing student experience, and is particularly keen on guiding her students to develop transferable and subject-specific skills through direct teaching, innovative assessment and feedback strategies, and self-reflection.

She particularly enjoys mentoring, small-group and field-based teaching, offers students authentic research project experiences, and has taken key roles in curriculum development.

Before moving to Hull in 2010, she was a Natural Environment Research Council Fellow at the University of Leeds, and obtained her PhD from the University of Glasgow.

Both Dr Lawrence and Dr Morrell have joined 54 other University professionals across the country in being named National Teaching Fellows.

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