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Deputy VC awarded Professorship in Education

DVC awarded professorship in education

Wrexham Glyndwr University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Maria Hinfelaar, led the congratulations as Deputy Vice-Chancellor Claire Taylor was this week awarded a Professorship in Education.

Professor Taylor said it was a “high point” in her career and is fully focused on taking the institution forward under a new teaching and learning strategy.

“I am delighted to be recognised as Professor of Education, the first for the University on the Learning and Teaching/Student Success route,” she said.

“This is a real high point in my career to date as an educational leader within higher education and previously within schools. I am looking to further build the University’s reputation for teaching excellence within an environment that offers our students high challenge coupled with high support for their studies.

“A new Strategy for Supporting Student Learning is currently in development and I am confident that this will provide a robust framework through which we can recognise and develop great teaching and realise even better learning opportunities for our students.”

Professor Taylor joined Wrexham Glyndwr University from St Mary’s University in London last summer, having earlier read Music and Education at St Catharine's College, University of Cambridge, and completed doctoral studies with the University of Nottingham.

Her early career was as a primary school teacher, before becoming a head teacher and later moving into HE, where she has held a variety of senior roles.

Professor Hinfelaar said the award further reinforces the University’s position as a leader in the education arena.

“I would like to congratulate Claire on becoming a professor, following a rigorous process through our internal committee and external independent review,” she said.

“It is richly deserved and I look forward to see Claire continuing to develop an innovative teaching and learning enhancement strategy for our University, as well as building a strong profile in the sector.”