7 December 2015
De Montfort University lecturer Dr Momodou Sallah has been named the most innovative teacher in the UK at the 2015 Times Higher Education Awards.
Dr Sallah, a Senior Lecturer in Youth Work and Community Development, took home Most Innovative Teacher of the Year, one of the most sought-after awards in higher education, underlining the quality of teaching offered to students at DMU.
Speaking after the win, Dr Sallah said: "I am absolutely ecstatic. You don't expect this and you don't work to win awards but to be recognised like this is wonderful. "This is very much a team effort, with the staff working in #DMUglobal, Global Hands and Youth Work and Community Development deserving this just as much."
Dr Sallah's win was for a series of international work experience trips he organised to The Gambia, taking the classroom out into the real world. The pioneering trips involved students helping to set up a business development hub for young Gambians; staying with local families; attending local seminars and lectures and learning about colonialism and globalisation.
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