A member of Bedstone’s governing body has been recognised as an expert in her field after she received the top national award which identifies excellence in teaching.

Dr Megan Lawton, who is also a senior advisor in academic practice at the University of Wolverhampton, has been awarded a National Teaching Fellowship (NTF) by the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

Dr Lawton has worked at the university for 26 years and has been a governor at Bedstone College for several years, and is one of 55 new National Teaching Fellows announced last week.

The award demonstrates Dr Lawton’s commitment to supporting all students to reach their potential, through creativity, innovation and technology-supported learning.

She said: “I am incredibly proud to have been awarded a National Teaching Fellowship, as it is assessed by your peers and very competitive. My role involves working with colleagues across the university to look at how we can improve our teaching practice to enable students to learn better.

“I am privileged to work at the University of Wolverhampton as it is such a diverse and dynamic learning environment this is also what I value in Bedstone. One of the reasons for moving our children to Bedstone was that they would meet people from different backgrounds.

“I am also dyslexic and only wished I had the support that Bedstone offers when I was at school. Bedstone enables students to reach their potential and this again is something that my university strives to do. I am proud that Bedstone is non-selective, open to all and has many achievements in terms of both academic success and developing young people to reach their potential.  In the exciting new development of Bedstone as a Governor I will be able to support teaching and learning at the college.”

Dr Lawton started her teaching career in a boy’s school as a craft, design and technology teacher. In 1991 she set up the Visual Language Centre in the University’s School of Languages proposing that British Sign Language (BSL) should be seen as a language in its own right. She created a Communication Support Unit which has since supported 244 Deaf students to gain higher education qualifications and designed revolutionary new degrees including the first degree in Europe for Interpreting (BSL)/ English).

The Fellowship will be presented at a celebration event at Church House, Westminster, London, on 1 November.

The NTFs were nominated by their institutions and submissions had to show evidence of three criteria: individual excellence, raising the profile of excellence and developing excellence.