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Leeds academic recognised for teaching excellence



Two University of Leeds academics have received prestigious teaching awards.

The Higher Education Academy
(HEA) announced today (11 June 2015) that Dr Dave Lewis, Senior Lecturer in Neuroscience and Scientific Ethics, and Professor Nigel Lockett, Professor of Enterprise at the University’s Business School, have been awarded National Teaching Fellowships in recognition of their commitment to teaching and learning.

The two successes strengthen the University of Leeds’ position as a top institution for teaching and learning, with the highest number of National Teaching Fellowships of any higher education institution in the UK.

Professor Nigel Lockett said: “I am thrilled to have been given such recognition for my work in enterprise. In my role at the university I work closely with students, graduates and growing businesses to help develop their entrepreneurial skills. I always look to offer the best possible opportunities that will enable them to develop strong enterprising skills or start a successful business in the future. I really enjoy working directly with businesses as I can feed first-hand experience directly into my teaching, giving my students a better insight into industry.”

The National Teaching Fellowships scheme is managed by the Higher Education Academy and funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England, the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales, and the Department for Employment and Learning in Northern Ireland.

Further Information

Professor Nigel Lockett
As Director of the Leeds Enterprise Centre and Head of the Management Division at Leeds University Business School, Professor Lockett is committed to providing excellent enterprise opportunities for students and graduates of the University.

Professor Lockett is a member of the Small Business Charter management board and also a Fellow and past President of the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Throughout his years of teaching, he has successfully delivered courses on enterprise and entrepreneurship and recently was the lead educator on the Starting a business: realise your vision free online course – or MOOC, which allowed 13,000 students from across the globe to gain expertise and knowledge to help with building a business.

Through the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses programme, Professor Lockett has worked with a number of small business leaders.

His current research interests include academic entrepreneurship, the role of social capital in entrepreneurial learning and the use of social customer relationship management by small businesses. He is the co-author of a major textbook, Exploring Entrepreneurship, and chairs the board of trustees of Foundation, a charity committed to ending social exclusion across the North of England.