Dr Fiona Copland, Senior Lecturer in the Aston English group and member of CLERA, has been awarded a prestigious National Teaching Fellowship. As one of only 55 recipients of this year’s Fellowships, the HEA recognized her outstanding work and contributions to higher education.
Fiona is Course Director for distance learning MSc programmes in the field of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). She also contributes to Aston’s Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice, providing professional accreditation for practitioners in Higher Education.
Professor Helen Higson, Senior Pro Vice-Chancellor at Aston University, commented, “It is not only Fiona’s teaching style which is inspirational, but also her ability to bring real cultural change to the University by changing attitudes to curriculum design and
Fiona has presented at numerous international conferences and published widely on her research interests which include feedback in teacher training and education, international students’ experiences in the UK, linguistic ethnography and research interviews.
As one of the key researchers within CLERA, Fiona, along with Prof Anne Burns, Dr Sue Garton and Dr Muna Morris-Adams, is currently investigating Key Factors and Challenges in Transition from Primary to Secondary Schooling in ELT: An International Perspective, in a project funded by a ELTRP British Council grant.