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Photography lecturer shortlisted for teaching excellence award

A Senior Lecturer has been shortlisted for an Association for Photography in Higher Education (APHIE) award, which recognises outstanding teaching practice within the sector.

Senior Lecturer for BA (Hons) Photography at UCA Farnham Natasha Caruana is one of just five academics to be shortlisted for the fourth annual UK awards, and will present her innovative teaching practice to delegates at a conference this year.

“My presentation focuses on the importance of teamwork and the impact it has on student success,” Natasha says. “Each year, academic staff and students combine their efforts and artistic practice to create a showcase event, including an exhibition, symposium, website, publication and multiscreen exhibition at the Photographers’ Gallery, London.

“The Photo Farnham Showcase is produced through staff and student teamwork based on the professional roles within the creative industries. Each student signs up for two roles, which are divided into production, such as marketing, and construction, which includes things like installation.”

The APHIE award is run in association with the Society for Photographic Education (SPE) – a US partner organisation. Each year, the selected UK winner represents APHE to deliver an enhanced version of their presentation at the annual US conference.

Natasha, who project leads the Photography showcase, adds: “During their time on the course, students have the opportunity to grow and enhance their knowledge base and skill set through both practical and theoretical learning. The role of the showcase is an important feature in students’ education as it takes what they have learned and enables them to put it into practice, and to get a real feel for what working in the creative industries is like.

“Today, creatives have many different roles in addition to their own specialisms, such as promoting and exhibiting. Giving our students the opportunity to do this in the company of practicing artists provides them with an invaluable learning experience.”

The APHE supports and develops the study of Photography within Higher Education and is committed to excellence in practice, theory and research. It also acts as the representative body for those associated with photography in HE, formulating policy and strategy with regard to representing the views of the HE sector to other organisations and government bodies.

Find out more about Photography at UCA, here.