A LECTURER from the University Centre at Bradford College was among a group of higher education professionals to have their teaching excellence praised at a glittering dinner in London.

Sam Messam, who lecturers in sport, was among 55 individuals from across the country recognised as a National Teaching Fellow by the Higher Education Academy at an awards dinner at Church House in London.

Mr Messam said: “It was a beautiful evening and a real privilege to represent Bradford College and the excellent teaching present across the entire institution, as well as an opportunity to reflect on my professional practice as a lecturer in Sports Coaching, and the impact the entire college has on its students, and the wider community.”

The former professional basketball player’s teaching covers a range of subjects with an emphasis on pedagogy, skill acquisition and learning theories as well as the supervision of projects.

He has recently taken on the role of Cross-College Research Coordinator, which includes supporting colleagues and promoting scholarship across the college. He is also Editor-in-Chief of the colleges’ internal journal.

Professor Stephanie Marshall, Chief Executive of the Higher Education Academy said, “The sector is very proud to celebrate the work of its new NTFs. National Teaching Fellows are recognised for their outstanding impact on student learning and the teaching profession.

“All those being recognised are an inspiration to everybody in higher education. Well done to all of them. We look forward to working together to disseminate and share their great practice.”