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Celebrating research and teaching excellence at Bristol

Dr Liz Holcombe with Professor Judith Squires

3 February 2017

The University held the inaugural celebration of CREATE, its continuing professional development scheme for academics, on 31 January.

CREATE (Cultivating Research and Teaching Excellence), run by Academic Staff Development, provides academic staff with an opportunity to enhance their practice and to gain national recognition for their commitment to developing their role.

The event, opened by Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost Professor Guy Orpen, was an opportunity for academics from across the faculties to come together and celebrate successfully completing their CREATE portfolios; to date, over 100 participants have done so and been awarded either Associate Fellow, Fellow or Senior Fellow. Examples of assignments submitted for portfolios were on display and participants were awarded certificates to mark their CREATE outcome.

The evening, which will be an annual event, also featured the first CREATE Excellence Awards, presented by Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education) Professor Judith Squires. These are given to staff whose portfolios evidence going ‘above and beyond’ across their academic practice – in leadership, research/scholarship and teaching. The recipients of the 2017 CREATE Excellence Awards are:

Dr Liz Holcombe, Civil Engineering (Faculty of Engineering)

Dr Holcombe’s citation reads: ‘She drew on all her experiences to date, challenged them through what she learnt and her practice and was an analytical, reflective and self-critical (positively and negatively) submission across the levels’.

Dr Jo Howarth, Physiology, Pharmacology and Neuroscience (Faculty of Biomedical Sciences)

Dr Howarth’s citation reads: ‘She reflects across the portfolios her engagement with detailed scholarly references to support her thinking and practice. A real sense of growing confidence in her teaching and scholarship practice is demonstrated throughout her submission’.

Further information

For more information about the CREATE scheme please visit the CREATE web page

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