Meet the sponsor: University of Portsmouth

UoP--Sponsor Introducing the University of Portsmouth, sponsor of the new teacher of the year award

In today's blog post we're continuing our new series introducing you to our valued sponsors who have made the Teach Portsmouth Awards 2022 possible.

This week we hear from Dr Catherine Carroll-Meehan, Head of School of Education and Sociology at the University of Portsmouth, about why they are sponsoring this year's new teacher of the year award.

Could you tell us about what you do and your connection to education?

The University of Portsmouth received university status in 1992. We are a breath of fresh air in the academic world – a place where everyone gets the support they need to achieve their best.

We are closely involved with our local community and we take our ideas into the global marketplace. We partner with business, industry and government to set the course for a better future. And we educate and transform the lives of our students to help them achieve their potential. We stand out, not just in the UK but in the world. We excel in research areas from cosmology and astrophysics to cyber security, forensics and sport science.

Teaching at the University of Portsmouth is rated Gold, the highest accolade awarded by the government-backed Teaching Excellence Framework scheme (TEF), which means our teaching, learning and student outcomes are outstanding, and among the highest quality in the UK.

What do the Teach Portsmouth Awards mean to you/organisation?

The University of Portsmouth aims to become one of the UK's leading civic universities and to be recognised for our civic engagement through the positive differences we make across our region.

Through active partnerships with organisations like Teach Portsmouth, and innovative approaches, we will contribute to improving educational outcomes at schools and colleges in Portsmouth and promote access to higher education that will transform life chances for young people in our city.

What are you looking forward to from the awards ceremony?

We are looking forward to celebrating the hard work and dedication of Portsmouth's outstanding teachers who have shown incredible commitment to supporting the city's children during the pandemic.

What special message do you have for Portsmouth's teachers, support teams and leaders?

We are so proud of you! Your hard work and dedication, throughout COVID-19, has been outstanding. Thank you for continually investing into the lives of young people in our city - you are preparing them for a great future.

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