Henley vice dean wins national teaching excellence award

5 August 2019

Henley vice dean wins national teaching excellence award

Professor Yelena Kalyuzhnova from Henley Business School has been announced as a winner of the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme 2019.

The awards, run by Advance HE, celebrate and reward outstanding individual impact in teaching and learning across the country.

Professor Kalyuzhnova, Vice Dean (International) and Deputy Head of Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour at Henley, was one of three candidates chosen by a selection panel to represent the University of Reading as nominees.

In her entry submission she described her key priorities as being able to provide relevant, authentic, experiential learning experiences for students. She wrote:

“I will never stop learning in my professional life. This is a core principle of my upbringing that now informs my professional attitude. I would no longer be an effective teacher if I did not embrace the new challenges which make me stronger as a professional.”

Professor Kalyuzhnova also believes in supplementing her classroom teaching with internships and study visits to help broaden students’ perspectives and develop the business experts of the future.

A key part of her role is developing international partnerships; she is the founder and Director of the Centre for Euro-Asian Studies and works on collaborative projects with universities in countries including Kazakhstan, Russia and China.

Prior to joining Henley in 2012, she taught in primary and secondary schools and universities in several countries, as well as working as an economic adviser to the first Kazakh president.

Commenting on the award, Professor Kalyuzhnova said:

“To say that I am delighted and honoured would be an understatement. I was so taken aback I was almost speechless – not only because I consider my contributions to teaching in the UK barely stand in comparison with those of previous recipients I know, but also because I feel a real sense of privilege to be nominated by the University for this prestigious award.”

On gaining an award, National Teaching Fellows play an ongoing role in enhancing teaching and learning within their institution, the HE sector and further afield. In total 54 Fellows have been chosen this year, as well as 15 winning teams in the Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE).

Alison Johns, Chief Executive of Advance HE, said:

“Becoming a National Teaching Fellow or winning CATE team is a huge achievement. It can be truly life-changing. Creating ambassadors for innovative and impactful teaching who are valued by institutions and colleagues, and who can set in motion change and enhancements to make a really positive impact on student experience and outcomes across their institution and beyond.
“Advance HE looks forward to working with the winners to help to disseminate their work for the benefit of all.”

Professor Kalyuzhnova will receive her award at a special ceremony in October.

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