MCA delighted to see maritime education expert recognised by national body

Published: 15/09/2021

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s assistant director for modernising maritime education has been recognised by a national industry body for her ‘outstanding impact’ in the teaching profession.

Dr Carole Davis has been named a National Teaching Fellow by Advance HE, having been nominated by Solent University for the honour.

The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) celebrates and recognises individuals who have made an outstanding impact on student outcomes and the teaching profession in higher education.

Dr Davis, currently seconded to the MCA from Solent University, originally trained as a nurse specialising in cancer and palliative care, before becoming a nursing lecturer and then embarking on a career in academic development. She has specific expertise in applied learning in maritime education and training and was brought into the MCA to reinvigorate seafarer training.

She said: “In the short time I have been here, I have led by example, encouraging discussion, and ensuring all were included and acknowledged in work I have undertaken.

“I am bringing my skills, knowledge and experience as an educator and extensive experience to help reform cadet education. I am also proud to be working alongside MCA colleagues to review oral exams and assessment guidance for candidates with dyslexia and other neuro-diversities.

“I was lucky to have experienced first-hand the transformational nature of good teaching; it made me want to encourage and motivate others. I’m the first in my family to remain in education after the age of fifteen and this has given me a deep appreciation of education and learning.

“I have been teaching for thirty years now and I am glad this award recognises both my national and international influence together with the sustained impact I have had working with teachers in nursing and maritime so they could actively improve the learning experience, progress, and achievements of their own students.

Since moving into Higher Education in 1995, Carole has worked in four UK universities, initially as a nursing lecturer and then fourteen years in academic development. Carole has held a number of influential leadership roles which include Associate Professor Learning and Teaching / Head of Academic Development at Warsash School of Maritime Science and Engineering, Solent University and Co-Chair of the UK professional association for Staff and Educational Development (SEDA).

Congratulations Carole, we are proud to have you in the team.

An awards ceremony is scheduled to take place in February 2022.