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Kingston Business School lecturer awarded prestigious National Teaching Fellowship

Thursday 07 September 2017

Hilary Wason Marketing and communications lecturer Hilary Wason has been awarded a National Teaching Fellowship from the Higher Education Academy in recognition of her commitment to driving forward innovations in critical thinking.

Wason developed a critical thinking skills toolkit, tailored to the needs of students, which has been adopted by several UK and US universities, and shortlisted for an innovation teaching excellence award at the European Conference on Research Methodology for Business and Management Studies (ECRM).

"I teach students across a wide range of modules and levels and always encourage them to be independent, curious and take ownership of their learning," Wason said. "I found that one area that needed addressing was around how to apply critical thinking to assessments, which led to me developing the toolkit.

"My branding and advertising background really underpins how it all comes together – developing a common language, looking at what assignments students had and then linking that through to how to use critical thinking to achieve academic success and make it relevant to their future careers."

Ms Wason has received funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) to further develop the toolkit with colleagues across Kingston Business School and the University's Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, with a specific focus on embedding requirements from employers.

Another Kingston University lecturer, associate professor Dr Annie Hughes, head of the University's Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) centre, also received the prestigious National Teaching Fellowship for her commitment to delivering an inclusive approach to higher education, after playing a key role in the development of an inclusive curriculum framework last year.

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