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Susan Deacy received honour for her commitment to Classics

Finding sensitive ways to teach students about family violence and infanticide in the ancient world has resulted in lecturer Susan Deacy being named as the University of Roehampton’s latest National Teaching Fellow.

Dr Deacy has been committed to making the study of Classical Civilisation relevant to the 21st century and breaking down its ‘elitist’ reputation through her style of teaching since joining the University in 2004. She is one of just 55 National Teaching Fellows recognised this year by the national Higher Education Academy out of hundreds of applications. She is the only classics lecturer in London to have ever been named a National Teaching Fellow.

Susan, pictured left said: “I’m delighted to have been recognised as a National Teaching Fellow, there are so many great teachers here at Roehampton so it’s really pleasing to think my approach is being used by lecturers across the country.”

The accreditation creates recognition of an individual’s high standards and commitment and is a way for academics to promote best practice inJune 15, 2015 the Higher Education Academy into the most appropriate ways for academics across the UK to teach sensitive topics to students. Her findings are now starting to be used by teachers in other subject areas, including criminology and education. She is planning a cross-disciplinary conference on the subject in the near future.

Professor Lynn Dobbs, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Roehampton, congratulated Dr Deacy on her achievement and said the number of National Teaching Fellows among Roehampton’s staff illustrated its commitment to high standards of education.

In the most recent National Student Survey, 87 per cent of all students who responded said the teaching on their course was good, a figure which has been rising consistently at Roehampton for the past six years.

The University has recently been ranked as the best modern university in London according to all three major league tables: the Complete University Guide 2016, Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015 and Guardian University Guide 2016.

June 12, 2015

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