Prestigious teaching award for nutrition academic

Haleh Moravej, Senior Lecturer in Nutritional Sciences, wins National Teaching Fellowship

Haleh Moravej, Senior Lecturer in Nutritional Sciences

Haleh Moravej, Senior Lecturer in Nutritional Sciences

A nutrition lecturer has been honoured for her outstanding impact on student learning with one of the most prestigious teaching awards in higher education.

Haleh Moravej, Senior Lecturer in Nutritional Sciences at Manchester Metropolitan University, is one of the select few to be awarded a National Teaching Fellowship (NTF), which celebrates and recognises exceptional teaching each year.

Nominated for her enthusiasm, commitment and dedication to students, both in and out of the classroom, Haleh is one of only 55 people in the country to get the accolade.

Haleh, who has been at the University since 2007, said: “It is humbling and exciting to be named as one of the National Teaching Fellows of 2018. Being judged by a group of innovative and exceptional peers at national level and winning such a prestigious teaching award and representing my University is truly an honour.”

Dedicated

Haleh is the seventh Manchester Metropolitan University academic to receive a National Teaching Fellowship.

On teaching, Haleh added: “I love learning and being at the University allows me to learn all the time from inspirational colleagues, new innovations and to link to other disciplines. It allows me to share my passion.

“Teaching for me is all about human growth and making a difference to young people’s lives. In an uncertain future where economically, environmentally and politically nothing is known, teaching can become the place of genuine human connection.

“I have always wanted to create an authentic educational experience for my students, connect with them and inject real creativity in all that I do with them.”

Innovative

Sam Harrison, a Nutritional Sciences graduate, said: “Haleh’s innovative, interactive and engaging sessions not only informed myself and my fellow students of the main issues surrounding global sustainability, but gave us the tools to take responsibility for our own potentially wasteful attitudes.

“Haleh always goes above and beyond to provide mentorship and guidance in all aspects of our student lives and future careers - encouraging and honing our creativity to reach our true potential.”

Haleh’s Fellowship is in recognition of some highly innovative and inter-disciplinary dimensions of her work. In addition to her specialist expertise in nutrition, Haleh founded MetMUnch – a student-led programme that explores health, sustainability and entrepreneurship.  

MetMUnch is an award-winning enterprise offering students the chance to come up with highly creative and imaginative sustainability and nutrition-themed science projects, and to get involved in organising and arranging community pop-ups, nutrition and sustainability trainings and events across the city.

“I have always wanted to create an authentic educational experience for my students, connect with them and inject real creativity in all that I do with them.”

Dr Chrissi Nerantzi, a recipient of the National Teaching Fellowship in 2015 and Principal Lecturer in Academic CPD, said: “Haleh is a passionate academic who really connects well with her students and takes risks in her teaching to inspire and push the boundaries of what is possible."

Advance HE (formally the Higher Education Academy) also awarded Carol Ainley, Head of the Department of Life Sciences at Manchester Metropolitan, the Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence.

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