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The 2019 Teaching Excellence Awards have been celebrated in a ceremony at Merton College on Wednesday 23 October. The ceremony was hosted by the Head of Division, Professor Gavin Screaton, the Deputy Head of Division (Education), Professor David Vaux, and the Head of Education Policy and Planning, Jane Dale.

The Teaching Excellence Awards scheme has been in place since 2006, recognising and rewarding excellence in teaching, supervision, the organisation and development of teaching, and support for teaching and learning, within a research-intensive environment. They formally acknowledge significant educational achievements, reward individuals who have exceeded expectations in carrying out their duties, and support the aspirations of those who wish to innovate and enhance our educational provision.

This year saw the highest number of nominations and awardees to date, and increased funding allowed for more and larger projects to benefit, enhancing students’ education and supporting other educational priorities.

A number of researchers from across our Neuroscience community were honoured with awards.

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Dr Paul Azzopardi - for his dedication to ensuring continuous improvements to the quality of teaching and resources available to students, for his significant work in developing the BA  Psychology, Philosophy and Linguistics, and for his outstanding contribution as a college tutor.

“Dr Azzopardi has been an inspiring mentor – he enthuses infectiously about his subject and knows the field inside out. He has also been extremely helpful in shaping my work and engaging in fascinating debate.” [Student]

 

EXCELLENT TEACHER

Professor David Bannerman – Department of Experimental Psychology/ St Edmund Hall

PROJECTS

Dr Christopher-James Harvey, Dr Damion Young, Dr Nicola Barclay; Dr Sumathi Sekaran, Dr Dimitri Gavriloff, Dr Simon Kyle (The Oxford Online Programme in Sleep Medicine: Remote Proctoring for Formative Assessment) - This project trials ProctorExam software for remote invigilation of examinations, allowing students to take timed assessments remotely as part of the distance-learning programme. The software will be trialled with formative assessments (which do not contribute towards the final degree outcome).

 

Dr Natalie Voets and Prof Mark Jenkinson (Clinical MRI Neuroimaging workshop) - The project supports setting up a 2-day teaching workshop to accompany a new online course in translational neuroimaging aimed in particular at trainee clinicians.

Read about all the prize winners

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