Team Leader and Chemical Scientist David Martin, who works at City and Islington’s Centre for Applied Sciences, was awarded a Technical Teaching fellowship (TTF) at The Royal Society in London yesterday (31st January 2019). The TTF programme is funded by a partnership between the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) and the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851, to recognise and promote excellence in industrial and technical education.
Fellowships are awarded to outstanding practitioners who are recognised for their high-impact teaching practice and the delivery of effective outcomes for learners. David was one of three individuals awarded the Fellowship. The three new Technical Teaching Fellows are all expected to share their learning and expertise across the sector as part of the award.
David Martin said, “This award is great. I feel as though I am just a normal teacher who had the opportunity to mentor some great people others over the years. My favourite thing about my job is being able to help students and help them enjoy science as much as me.”
“Apprenticeships are also a large part of what I do and being able to go out into the workplace and find out what employers want allows me to come back to the classroom and teach this.”
As a new Technical Teaching Fellow, David will:
• Develop “Pathways to Impact”- knowledge transfer activity action plans, to maximise the benefit of his Fellowship for the students he teaches;
• Attend special developmental workshops over the coming year;
• Be allocated a programme mentor, who will support him for the duration of the programme;
• Be expected to disseminate his work at national conferences in 2020;
• Contribute to the delivery of a final report, written to engage and motivate technical education in his area of practice.
David went on to say, “Our students study at all levels from foundation to BTEC to Apprenticeships and we offer them a wide range of courses, both practical and theoretical. CAS [Centre for Applied Sciences] is a great place to work, with all of us working for the same goal, helping students improve on and love their science.”