Outstanding teachers gain accolades from University of Leicester
Awards are to be presented this month (July) to outstanding staff at the University of Leicester in front of graduating students and their families from around the world.
The accolades reflect the University's commitment to research and teaching of the highest standard - Leicester is ranked top after Oxbridge in the 2011 National Student Survey amongst 120 mainstream public universities in the UK. Leicester's levels of student satisfaction have been consistently in the top-10 since the annual survey commenced in 2005.
Seven members of staff will be awarded University Teaching Fellowships in recognition of their inspiring contributions to teaching and curriculum innovation and development. The awards will be made at various degree ceremonies held at De Montfort Hall, Leicester.
In addition, a further seven individuals will received Teaching Partnership Awards. These awards celebrate excellent contributions from students who teach and support learning, and who make a real impact by contributing directly to the enhancement of the student learning experience.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Robert Burgess said: "The University of Leicester is a leading international research and teaching University. Our reputation for teaching excellence stems from the quality of our academic staff, the research they are engaged in and the support systems that are in place for our students.
"At a time when people from around the world will gather for the University of Leicester degree congregations to celebrate the achievements of their families, we think it is appropriate to recognise the efforts made by our staff who contribute to our students' success.
"All our Teaching Fellows and Teaching Partnership award winners have achieved great distinction in their respective fields and this recognition reflects the importance this University attaches to teaching and learning alongside research."
University Teaching Fellowships winners:
- Dr Philip Cook of the Department of Politics and International Relations will be recognised for innovative teaching interventions at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in the Department of Politics and International Relations.
- Dr Raymond Dalgleish of the Department of Genetics will be recognised for his sustained commitment to improving the student learning experience and his development of novel resources for teaching molecular genetics that are used at Leicester and world-wide.
- Dr Isaac (Cas) Kramer of the Department of Genetics will be recognised for his success in creating innovative educational resources for the teaching of genetics and the impact of his contribution in supporting the learning of school-age and undergraduate students.
- Dr Dawn Watkins of the School of Law will be recognised for her excellent contribution to the teaching of law and her engagement in pedagogically informed teaching.
- Dr Dylan Williams of the Department of Chemistry and Centre for Interdisciplinary Science will be recognised for his commitment to the development and implementation of innovative approaches to teaching chemistry that are designed to enhance student engagement and understanding.
- Dr Phil Wood of the School of Education will be recognised for his excellence in teaching and his success in encouraging and supporting good practice within the School of Education.
- Dr Graham Wynn of the Department of Physics and Astronomy will be recognised for his contributions to teaching, learning and assessment in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, including the development of Group Industrial Projects designed to enhance the employability of physics students.
Teaching Partnership Awards:
- Paul Abel, studying for a PhD (Physics and Astronomy), will be recognised for an excellent contribution to the teaching of physics and interdisciplinary science students.
- Aravindhan Baheerathan, studying for a MBChB (Year 4), will be recognised for his commitment to supporting student learning in the School of Medicine.
- Charles du Couedic de Kererant, studying for a LLB/Maîtrise in English and French Law (Year 2), will be recognised for his dedicated approach and valuable contribution to the enhancement of the student experience as a student representative at department, college and University levels.
- Arthur Odoom, studying for a BSc Economics with a Year Abroad (Year 2), will be recognised for the impact of his contribution to student-led initiatives designed to enhance student employability.
- Stephen Sharkey, studying for a BSc Psychology (Year 2), will be recognised for his exceptional contribution to peer-assisted learning and support activities in the School of Psychology.
- Sonia Suman, studying for a PhD (English, Year 3), will be recognised for her excellent contribution to supporting undergraduate and postgraduate student learning in the School of English.
- Emma Tebbs, studying for a PhD (Physics and Astronomy), will be recognised for her contribution to the enhancement of the student learning experience though engagement with programme development activities and laboratory teaching in physics.