National teaching award for Salford performance lecturer

Thursday 27 June 2013
Mary Oliver
Mary Oliver

A lecturer and senior researcher at the University of Salford has been awarded on of the UK’s most prestigious fellowships for excellence in higher education teaching.

Mary Oliver, a Reader in Performance and head of the University’s Performance Research Centre, was today (Thursday 27 June) announced as one of 55 winners of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) National Teaching Fellowship Award. She was chosen from more than 180 nominations submitted by higher education institutions across England, Northern Ireland and Wales and will receive an award of £10,000 to support her professional development in teaching and learning.

Mary has 25 years’ teaching experience and has worked at the University for the last eight years, teaching students at all levels in the School of Arts & Media. She has published on the teaching of multimedia performance and is also a professional performance artist and writer working internationally.

She has created 10 live experimental digital performance works since 2000 and leads the ‘As Yet Impossible’ international network undertaking interdisciplinary research into performance and new media technologies. Her current research explores the use of mobile technologies in the teaching of the arts.

University of Salford Vice-Chancellor Professor Martin Hall commended her, saying: “This is fantastic news for Mary, who is a great example of the high quality, ‘real world’ teaching practice which we strive to offer students.

“Recognition of Mary’s practice by the HEA is one of the highest accolades that a lecturer can achieve. Her award is wonderful news for our University and builds on our success in these same awards last year when Helen Keegan from the School of Computing, Science & Engineering received the same prestigious recognition. We very much hope to continue this pattern in coming years.”

Professor Craig Mahoney, Chief Executive of the HEA, said: “The 55 new National Teaching Fellows announced today are all an inspiration to me. They have each made a significant impact on the teaching at their own institution, and many of them even further afield. I am sure the new National Teaching Fellows will also be an inspiration to their peers.”

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