Award for lecturer who modernised Design and Technology course

A lecturer who modernised Nottingham Trent University’s Design and Technology Education course and contributed to its 100% student satisfaction score is to receive a Teacher Training Design and Technology Award.

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Alison Hardy

A lecturer who modernised Nottingham Trent University's Design and Technology Education course and contributed to its 100% student satisfaction score is to receive the Teacher Training Design and Technology Award from the Design and Technology Association.

Alison Hardy, lecturer on the undergraduate teacher training course for Secondary Design and Technology (D&T) Education, successfully led the revalidation of the course in 2012 to focus more on how the subject could be taught in schools and to consider a more holistic approach in how students teach the subject's material areas to their future pupils.

A whole new module structure was introduced to enable students to learn to teach in a range of material areas as well as gain a firm understanding of the value of D&T in the school curriculum and in wider society. As a result students are now encouraged to engage their pupils in debates about the impact of their design work.

In the most recent National Student Survey, the course gained a 100% student satisfaction score, one of only two Nottingham Trent University courses to achieve this.

Jamie Tinney, senior lecturer in Secondary Design and Technology Education, nominated Alison. He said: "Alison has been a terrific leader in design and technology education at Nottingham Trent University, and beyond. Current and past students fully appreciate Alison's dedication to their development and the passion for which she holds the subject. Alison has been so successful in imprinting on student D&T teachers the values to which the subject holds, and as a result these students become agents of change in schools all over the country."

Alison and Claire are very worthy winners. They are both dedicated to improving their practice and encouraging others to do the same

Dr Gill Scott, Dean of the School of Education

Alison is also currently working on her PhD, which explores how different stakeholders value the school subject Design and Technology and their views about its purpose.

Alison said: "It's a real honour to receive this award. It recognises the work the team here at NTU have been doing to modernise D&T by working with our dedicated students and supportive secondary school partners within the East Midlands, nationally and now internationally."

One of Alison's former students, Claire Wainwright, who is now a Design and Technology teacher at a local school, is also to receive an award from the Design and Technology Association.

Claire will receive the Outstanding Newcomer to D&T accolade for her high standard of work as a trainee teacher and her innovative approaches to working with new materials in order to engage pupils, such as a project to redesign farm work wear to limit accidents which she used in the classroom to inspire pupils.

Claire, who also works as a mentor to trainee teachers at Nottingham Trent University, said: "I was overwhelmed to be nominated for the award by Alison Hardy. It recognises my achievements at Nottingham Trent University, a great foundation for me to build upon in my future career. I was given the opportunity to work with smart materials across the whole D&T material areas, bringing together my interests in design and my agricultural background. I am looking forward to developing further as a practitioner as I proceed with my master's degree."

Dean of the School of Education, Dr Gill Scott, said: "Alison and Claire are very worthy winners. They are both dedicated to improving their practice and encouraging others to do the same."

Alison and Claire will receive their awards at the annual D&T Association Excellence Awards ceremony in London on Friday 20 March.

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Award for lecturer who modernised Design and Technology course

Published on 17 March 2015
  • Category: Press; Nottingham Institute of Education

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