Alison Ackroyd has been awarded a Technical Teaching Fellowship for the 2022/2023 academic year by The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) and Royal Commission.

Alison has been an integral part of the Science T Levels and has made a significant impact at national level, including contributing to a national post-16 science network and the STEM learning platform.

Alison is amongst two other outstanding tutors from the further education and training sector to be awarded the Technical Teaching Fellowship.

The three tutors will be presented with their awards at a celebratory event at the Royal Society in London on Friday 4 March.

Fellowships are awarded to outstanding practitioners who are recognised for their high impact teaching practice and the delivery of effective outcomes for learners.

Simon Cook, Principal of MidKent College, said:

We are extremely proud of Alison on her successful Royal Commission Technical Teaching Fellowship in partnership with the Education and Training Foundation. We are delighted that Alison has been recognised for her exceptional practice in technical training, hard work and dedication to our students. This is a huge achievement for Alison, and we look forward to seeing her continue to make her mark in teaching and science. Congratulations from us all at MidKent College.”

Nigel Williams, Secretary of the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851, said:

“The 1851 Royal Commission is delighted to be funding this fourth cohort of Technical Teaching Fellows in partnership with the Education and Training Foundation. The impact of these awards in raising standards of teaching across the Further Education sector has been amply demonstrated by previous Fellows spanning three years. Winning one of these fellowships is an achievement in itself but it is what the awardees do subsequently, using their exceptional talent, that makes a difference, and we look forward to seeing them make their mark. Congratulations to them all.”

David Russell, Chief Executive Officer at the Education and Training Foundation, said:

“It is widely recognised that technical education and training will play a fundamental role in the nation’s recovery from the Covid pandemic and a switch to a green economy. With these Fellowships the ETF is showcasing once again the brilliant talent and opportunities that exist in the FE teaching workforce. The future of this country lies with Further Education and its collaboration with industry. The ETF will be there at its heart, playing the support and challenge role that helps the sector deliver excellence time after time.”

Cerian Ayres, National Head of Technical Education at the Education and Training Foundation, added:

“Our congratulations go to each of the outstanding individuals who have been awarded Technical Teaching Fellowships. These individuals have been chosen because their applications demonstrated the high quality of the technical teaching and learning they facilitate, their commitment to equity and equality and supporting diverse groups of learners and colleagues, and the strong collaborative partnerships they have forged with employers and other key stakeholders. We look forward to working with them to maximise their reach, engagement and impact,”