Chester academic receives national mark of excellence.

Posted on 13th December 2016

An academic at the University of Chester has received a prestigious national accolade recognising his outstanding work.

Dr Tony Wall.
Dr Tony Wall.

Dr Tony Wall, from the University’s Faculty of Business and Management, has received a National Teaching Fellowship. This is the fourth such award for the University.

Increasingly sought by employers across the education sector as a condition of appointment and promotion, it provides a valuable measure of success and is increasingly recognised by international institutions. The Higher Education Academy (HEA) Fellowship is also a vital indicator that the University is fully aligned to UK PSF  (UK Professional Standards Framework) practice and a badge of assured quality throughout the recipient’s organisation.

Tony is a Reader (Associate Professor) in the University’s Faculty of Business and Management and Director of the International Thriving at Work Research Group ( He leads numerous research and impact projects, the Faculty's Professional Doctorates (DProf and DBA), and has editorial positions with various international journals. He is the holder of three Santander International Research Excellence Awards, is a visiting scholar at research centres in the UK, Australia and the US, and works closely with professional bodies to facilitate international impact.

After winning a scholarship to study at the Schulich School of Business in Toronto, Tony graduated with a first class honours degree from Warwick Business School. His first major body of action-research created innovative approaches for organisational analysis at Lancaster University Management School with technology corporates. He was then invited to join Manchester’s Innovation Academy and researchers at The Revans Institute for Action Learning and Research (now at Manchester Business School), where he worked with entrepreneurs to inspire creativity and business performance.

Subsequently, he led and action-researched the creation of radical educational innovations on a regional level and contributed to a major European project to disseminate these practices amongst EU member states. As a result, he was invited to contribute to other national educational innovation projects funded by the UK government. His contributions were recognised through an earlier prestigious Fellowship, funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)- and an invitation to become a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA).

He works closely with professional bodies and organisations internationally to develop thriving in the workplace. His clients have included Bank of America, Standard Chartered Bank, Lloyds TSB Bank, BT, TalkTalk, Chinese and American media groups, a Japanese logistics company, a South African University, the NHS, the Police Service, the RAF and Joint Forces HQ. Tony’s claim for the National Teaching Fellowship was based on his pioneering work which integrated coaching, provocative education, neuroscience, trans-cultural diversity, resilience, and thriving at work. Colleagues from around the world gave evidence as to the impact of his work, for example:

‘Dr Wall’s contribution to the scholarship in international pedagogies is outstanding. His unique development of the 'transcultural dance' notion to international pedagogies and especially in the context of work-based learning’.

‘Dr Wall’s thought-provoking research seminars received very positive responses of colleagues from across institutions and fields in Australia. He has brought unique educational ideas to Australia, and are informing new research initiatives’.

Tony was also recently a keynote speaker in London to provoke discussions about global research in to coaching and mentoring, linked to the first Provocations Report for the European Mentoring and Coaching Council in Brussels.

Tony said: “It is fantastic to receive such an award which recognises the ongoing curiosity and challenge required to make step changes in learning and research. I want to thank my learners, who trusted me enough to engage with unorthodox activities, and to take time from their busy life schedules to provide evidence for the award.

“This is a national accolade which represents just some of the outstanding work the Centre for Work Related Studies, the Faculty of Business and Management, and the University of Chester has accomplished.”

“The grant from the award will be used within the International Thriving at Work Research Group to expand its high-impact learning research and networks in Cape Town, South Africa and Boston, US. The group wants to learn more about the Ubuntu spirit of life in the context of management learning, which prioritises a more 'collective and connected' form of education, thereby building resources for collective welfare and resilience.”

Professor Clare Schofield, Acting Dean of the Faculty of Business and Management, added: “The Faculty of Business and Management is absolutely delighted that Dr Tony Wall’s important and innovative research and practice have been recognised by the Higher Education Academy through the award of a prestigious National Teaching Fellowship. The National Teaching Fellowship scheme celebrates excellent practice and outstanding achievement in learning and teaching in higher education.

“Tony has made an important and sustained contribution to research as well as teaching and learning practice. He works with partners within the University of Chester and in the research and professional communities to disseminate and share this knowledge and is a catalyst for new ideas. I would like to congratulate Tony personally for this fantastic achievement and I look forward to seeing how this award will further enhance his work in the future.”