Dan Northover won the Outstanding Teaching Award

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Let’s get to know some of the people in the Department of Education and Childhood, ACE Faculty a little better. Dan Northover, Senior Lecturer in Primary Education, tells us more!

Dan works within the Education Department at Frenchay, lighting up S Block for staff and students alike. His students quote Dan as being enthusiastic, dedicated and very generous with chocolate! Last week, Dan won the Outstanding Teaching Award at the Student Experience Awards.

Dan is completing his PhD in Education at the University of Exeter. His current research interest is in the area of children’s writing and how metacognition and metalinguistic awareness develop across the primary years. Let’s find out more about Dan – outside of the classroom!

Favourite thing about working at UWE?

Working alongside such fantastic colleagues and students, and that part of my role is to read and talk about brilliant children’s books!

Three things you’d take with you to a desert island?
·         My wife and kids
·         A library card for the Desert Island Library
·         A coffee machine  

If you could host a dinner party and invite anyone (historical/fictional/real), who would you invite?

I’d invite Yotam Ottelenghi, Nadiya Hussain, The XX, Royal Blood, Dave, Maya Angelou, Cormac McCarthy, Zadie Smith, Kazuo Ishiguro, Philip Pullman, Nicola Davies and Tom Percival, then I’d have the food, music and bookish conversation sorted!  

One thing that may surprise you?

My current favourite TV show is ‘The Marvelous Mrs Maisel’ – doesn’t sound great from the title but is actually really good!  

A quote that inspires you this month?

“Stories matter.Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign, but stories can also be used to empower and to humanize. Stories can break the dignity of a people, but stories can also repair that broken dignity.” Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie  

Thank you Dan, congratulations again on such a well-deserved win!

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