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A Sheffield Hallam researcher and lecturer in occupational therapy has completed a rare double by achieving the highest honour awarded by her professional body.

Claire Craig has become one of only 86 people to become a fellow of the College of Occupational Therapists, the highest honour the organisation can give.

It follows Claire becoming a National Teaching Fellow in last year's National Teaching Fellowship Scheme awards, and success in the University's own Inspirational Teaching Awards in which she was nominated by students for her approach to learning. 

Claire is actually the second Sheffield Hallam lecturer to receive the fellowship, following Dr Sarah Cook, a fellow reader in occupational therapy, in 2010.

Claire, originally from Royston, Barnsley and now living in Hoylandswaine, said: "This really is an exceptional honour for me and it is great to be recognised by my peers. It also shows the strength of the occupational therapy provision at Sheffield Hallam as I am the second person to receive the fellowship, and there are only 86 in total across the UK."

Naomi Hankinson, Chairman of Council, British Association and College of Occupational Therapists said “It gives us great pleasure to award this Fellowship to Claire in recognition of her outstanding work.

"Claire is a talented and inspirational educator who generates and implements innovative ideas in education and practice. 

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"Much of her work centres on the important role that occupational therapy plays in the well-being of older people and people with dementia.  She is a wonderful ambassador for the profession both here and abroad.”

Last year, Claire was one of just 55 winning lecturers and learning staff chosen from hundreds of teaching fellow nominations made by Higher Education Institutions across England, Northern Ireland and Wales.

The awards scheme, run by the Higher Education Academy (HEA), recognises and rewards excellent learning and teaching.

Claire is a researcher in Lab4living within the Art and Design Research Centre as well as teaching in Health and Wellbeing.  The focus of her research and teaching is around active ageing and people with dementia.

This led to previous external recognition in 2010, when she received two awards from her professional body.

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