For his individual excellence Pratap Rughani was awarded a prestigious National Teaching Fellowship by the Higher Education Academy, the professional organisation for higher education teachers. Pratap is an award-winning documentary film maker who has presented and written widely about the relationship between film, philosophy and the evolution of post-colonial thought. He is currently Course Director of the MA Documentary Film at the London College of Communication.
Pratap is a passionate and socially engaged teacher, researcher and practitioner who has been awarded the Fellowship on the basis of developing an excellent student experience. Pratap achieves this through integrating professional practice, industry links and a critical approach to documentary culture.
“The course was life changing. It gave me a solid understanding of academic work, rigour in research and an appreciation of the ethical issues, history and social impact of documentary; it inspired me to change my profession and form an independent production company with one of my colleagues on the course. I benefit from it daily.” – Iris Wakulenko, Co-Director Women With A Movie Camera.
Pratap has been an innovator committed to developing inclusive curriculum who has worked extensively to promote cross-cultural interchange through teaching, research and documentary film practice. As an educator Pratap works with students as both collaborator and mentor and in doing so helps students to bridge the gap between study and professional practice.
University of the Arts London Vice-Chancellor Nigel Carrington commented on his success:
“A National Teaching Fellowship, awarded by the Higher Education Academy, is the highest award a lecturer in UK higher education can be given so I am delighted that one of our lecturers and course directors has received this award in 2013. At UAL our students work with leading creative practitioners who are also excellent teachers – they are adept at supporting students’ learning. As the UK’s largest creative university we have a vital role in supporting and educating the next generation of film makers. Pratap’s practice as a lecturer and film maker has been guided by an ethical approach that has led to a deep commitment to listening and engaging in dialogue with a range of people. Whether through his professional or pedagogic work Pratap creates an inclusive space for cross-cultural and inter-cultural interchange and communication. Pratap creates challenging learning experiences for his students that are supported through empathy and understanding. As a result both he and his students have been able to create engaging and challenging documentary work.”
Speaking of his success, Pratap commented:
“I’m delighted for my students. I see this award as recognition of their talents in co-creating a culture where we dare to listen to the other in order to make meaningful documentary films at a time when too much of our media polarises debate. I’m also very grateful to many colleagues who encouraged this work. It reflects a college and University that takes teaching and learning seriously.”