Excellence award for global community pioneer

Prof Graham Mort
Prof Graham Mort

A Lancaster University academic who founded a global writing community has been honoured for his work.

Professor of Creative Writing and Transcultural Literature Graham Mort, who established the university’s Centre for Transcultural Writing and Research, has been awarded a National Teaching Fellowship for excellence in higher education teaching and support for learning.

Prof Mort, from the Department of English and Creative Writing, becomes the 12th member of staff at Lancaster University to receive the award, which is recognised by the Higher Education Academy.

Prof Mort is an eLearning expert and has pioneered postgraduate programmes using this method at MA and PhD level. This has led to the development of an international community of students at Lancaster.

MA student and ‘Crossing Borders’ participant Beverley Nambozo said: “Prof Mort is far-sighted and a particular example is the initiation of the Crossing Borders Writing scheme in Uganda which opened up-coming writers to new creative experiences. As a distance-learning mentor, his ability to comprehend and interpret poems on the spot, translating them aptly to an international class, was remarkable and inspiring.”

A prizewinning poet and short story writer, Professor Mort’s academic career was preceded by training as a secondary school and special needs teacher and work as a freelance writer in education specialising in multilingual and multi-arts projects.

He has worked extensively in sub-Saharan Africa for the British Council, designing and directing mentoring projects in creative writing for print-media and radio broadcast.

His approach to teaching is student-centred rather than following the orthodoxy of a prescribed curriculum.

Prof Mort is one of a total of 55 successful National Teaching Fellows chosen from 184 nominations from higher education institutions across England, Northern Ireland and Wales. 

The awards will be presented at a celebration event at Liverpool Cathedral in October.