Dr Frands Pedersen, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Westminster, is among the only 55 new National Teaching Fellows who were revealed by the Higher Education Academy last week. 

The National Teaching Fellowship is the most prestigious individual award for excellence in teaching in higher education. The new National Teaching Fellows represent institutions from across the country and are drawn from a broad range of subject areas.

Dr Pedersen has made a significant contribution to innovation in learning and teaching in the Social Science discipline of Politics and International Relations, especially in the use of simulations, games and community engagement. He is a co-founder of Serious Games @ Westminster ([email protected]), an inter-disciplinary research and game development group, and has contributed with his expertise and experience on simulations at the European Youth Event at the European Parliament as well as summer schools and workshops.

His innovations are of interdisciplinary nature – for example, he has engaged journalism students in producing video reports on simulated UN negotiations, and has collaborated with colleagues in Computer Science and other disciplines in developing virtual simulation packages.

His work with students has been shared with colleagues from other UK and overseas institutions through presentations and workshops, including Political Simulations and Gaming Workshops, as well as through his promotion of students as co-creators and partners across the University and beyond.

Fostering a culture which appreciates the need of interdisciplinary approaches in understanding and resolving the constantly evolving intellectual and professional challenges is at the heart of the University of Westminster’s values. 

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