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First BPS Higher Education Psychology Teacher of the Year announced

14 June 2019

Chartered BPS member Dr Alana James has been named as the first BPS Higher Education Psychology Teacher of the Year.

Dr James won the title, which recognises and rewards exceptional teaching talent, at the annual conference of our Division of Academics, Researchers and Teachers in Psychology (DARTP).

Her own research at the University of Reading looks at peer support and mentoring in educational settings, including support for students with mental health conditions and autism.

The new award, which brings with it £1,500 in cash and £250 of Oxford University Press (OUP) books, is supported by DARTP and the OUP.

Dr Julia Hulme, chair of DARTP, was a member of the judging panel. She said:

"Alana really impressed the judges at every stage. Her application, interview and presentation all demonstrated a passionate commitment to the student experience and to developing evidence-based practices to support student learning.

"Her work not only benefits her students, but also her colleagues and the wider psychology education community through her dissemination of excellent teaching and student support."

Dr James teaches research methods and skills and also delivers training for education professionals in using interviews and focus groups. She is a member of the BPS Undergraduate Education Committee.

The other people shortlisted for the award were Dr Paula Miles (University of St Andrews) and Dr Yvonne Skipper (University of Glasgow).

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