Durham teaching staff rewarded for excellence
(5 June 2018)
The winners of the Excellence in Learning and Teaching Awards have just been announced, following a number of high-calibre applications.
The Excellence in Learning and Teaching Awards recognise and reward individuals or groups of staff who have made an outstanding contribution to learning and teaching at Durham within undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.
The winning entries
There were seven award-winning applications, from across the University faculties and departments. Although the winning applications were diverse in nature, each demonstrated to the panel a commitment to engaging students and developing the curriculum in a meaningful way. The winners were:
- Dr Jacquie Robson - Chemistry
- Dr Anna Llewellyn - Education
- Dr Hannah King, Dr Kate O’Brien, Professor Fiona Measham - Dept of Sociology
- Dr Eleanor Barraclough – History
- Ms Ritsuko Koso-Kirk – Modern Languages and Cultures
- Dr Aziza Zaher – Modern Languages and Cultures
- Dr Jinhua Mathias - Foundation Centre
Dr Sam Nolan, Assistant Director in Human Resources, commented: “Year after year we are taken aback by the exceptionally high quality of the applications for the Excellence in Learning and Teaching Awards, which makes the selection process incredibly challenging.
“This year’s winners reflect the diversity of teaching talent across the University and the commitment of our staff to delivering innovative and inclusive learning opportunities for students. Huge congratulations to all the award winners.”
Dr Jacquie Robson works to support students in the transition between school and university-level study. Much of Jacquie’s work has focussed on setting up a Learning Mentor Scheme in Chemistry, in partnership with postgraduate student mentors, to support those students who come via the Supported Progression scheme, the Foundation Centre and international students.
Jacquie commented: “I am thrilled that this work has been recognised with this award. For me, education is about more than what happens in the laboratory or lecture room. Successful students take ownership of their learning, they feel valued and supported and they feel comfortable within their learning environment. My learning activities aim to be student-centred, inclusive and interactive.”