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Gambian receives UK National Teaching Fellowship

Dec 2, 2015, 10:59 AM | Article By: Alieu Bobb

Dr Momodou Sallah, a Gambian lecturer in the UK, has been awarded the National Teaching Fellowship, one of UK’s “most prestigious awards” for excellence in higher education teaching and support for learning.

The award was given by the Higher Education Academy in the UK in June 2015.

Dr Sallah, a senior lecturer at De Montfort University (DMU) School of Applied Social Sciences, lectures undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

He delivers courses on the theory and practice of youth work; theory and practice of community development, and global youth work modules.He is the 16th DMU academic to receive a National Teaching Fellowship since the scheme began in 2000.

He is part of the 55 successful 2015 National Teaching Fellows (NTFs) chosen out of more than 180 nominations submitted by higher education institutions across England, Northern Ireland and Wales.

Each of the fellows will receive an award of £10,000 which will be used to support their professional development in teaching and learning.

Dr Sallah has more than 20-year experience working with young people at local, national and international levels.He was the youth director of Gambia Red Cross Society and senior youth worker at Leicester City Council.

On receiving the award, Dr Sallah said: “I am highly honoured to be named as a National Teaching Fellow.This award is really a reflection of the work of colleagues across De Montfort University to ensure the very highest standard of teaching on our courses.

“I passionately believe in recognising the relationship between learning and practice, and constantly look for ways to take the classroom into the real world.

“It is in this way that the student learning experience is enhanced and our graduates learn the skills that will give them success beyond the campus boundaries.”

Professor Craig Mahoney, chief executive of the Higher Education Academy, said: “Becoming a National Teaching Fellow is a great honour and will undoubtedly lead to many new and exciting challenges.But I believe that it is students who will benefit most from these awards.

“Our students deserve the best possible learning experience and it is colleagues like those awarded fellows who can make a real difference to their future.I congratulate all the successful fellows and wish them every success in their own learning and teaching experiences.”

As an example of Dr Sallah’s innovative approach to teaching, he has instituted a regular annual study visit to The Gambia for his students to explore the impact of globalisation and global inequality in developing countries.

In 2012, he worked with current and former students to set up Global Hands (www.global-hands.co.uk), a social enterprise which aims to tackle issues of local and global inequality through community engagement.

Dr Sallah said his research interests include diversity, participation and globalisation in relation to young people.

He has organised many national and international conferences bringing academics, students, policymakers and practitioners together to maintain a constant dialogue between theory and practice.

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