College Teaching Prizes Awarded for 2013

Posted on 15/08/2013

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s College Teaching Prizes awarded at the end of the academic year and during Summer Graduation ceremony week.

Teaching Prizes provide an important opportunity to share good practice across the College by recognising initiatives which have had a beneficial impact on student learning and influence support for excellence in teaching and learning more generally.

The list of awardees for 2013 spans teams and individuals, from teaching staff and postgraduate tutors, to learning, administrative and technical support staff who contribute to student learning within their professional roles.

All aspects of student learning are recognised, including face-to-face and independent learning, e-learning, PhD supervision, skills training and innovative forms of student support and guidance.

Excellence Teaching Prize

Dr Nicholas Allen, Department of Politics and International Relations
‘Collaborative class project on the distribution of power within cabinet committees’
Dr Allen’s project encourages our students at the higher levels of their study to envision themselves as co-creators of scholarly knowledge.

Dr Akil Awan, Department of History
‘Student Empowerment, Public History and Wikipedia’
Dr Awan’s project using Wikipedia updating helps students to engage with the wider world and develop transferable skills that are of great benefit.

Professor Andrew Chadwick, Department of Politics and International Relations
‘Real-time Collaborative Mind Mapping in Seminars Using Simple Software, the Electronic Whiteboard, and Moodle’
Professor Chadwick’s innovative use of mind maps in seminars has a great capacity to be applied to teaching across the College.

Professor David Cohen, Department of Computer Science
‘Redesign of Second Year Software Engineering Strand in Computer Science using Problem Based Learning’
Professor Cohen developed a new curriculum, employing guided self-learning, transferable skills development, and the promotion of employability prospects to great effect.

Excellence Teaching Commendation

Dr Szonya Durant, Department of Psychology
‘Introducing new course units with linked work placements in industry’
Dr Durant’s project has a high impact for developing the employment prospects of the students involved.

Dr Oli Mould, Department of Geography
‘Dragon’s Den City Marketing Pitch’
Dr Mould developed a ‘real-world’ project that recruited outside people to evaluate projects, and was strong on developing student employability skills.

Professor Narender Ramnani, Department of Psychology
‘Training future teachers and inspiring new learners: Creating access to the human brain’
Professor Ramnani’s project gives students a genuine and important insight into the reality of the subject matter they are learning.

Postgraduate Tutor Prize

Ms Danijela Serbic, Department of Psychology
‘Teaching of Research Methods and Analysis for Psychology on first and second year courses (PS1010 and PS2010).’
Ms Serbic adapted her teaching methods well to an evolving curriculum, and feedback on her teaching was very positive.

Team Teaching Prize

Dr Emma Brodzinski & Mr Alex Turner (Department of Drama and Theatre), Mr Justin O’Brien & Dr Sigrun Wagner (School of Management)
‘Off work load and cross disciplinary experimental teaching collaboration that saw  MBA International Management students exposed to a series of ensemble drama teaching interventions’
The team developed an interdepartmental collaboration, which exposed MBA students to styles of learning that they would not otherwise have had access to.

Dr Stephen Rose, Dr Anne Hyland, Ms Stephanie Vos, Ms Sarah Moynihan, Ms Eleanor Thackrey (Department of Music)
‘Problem-based learning of music theory: a new approach for first-year students’
The team’s initiative accommodates diversity and takes an approach which is unusual in the field, with a strong positive impact on student engagement.

 Team Teaching Commendation

Ms Karin Whiteside, Ms Vicky Collins, Mr Stuart Wrigley (Royal Holloway International)
‘Innovations in Discipline-Specific Language and Literacy Support for International Students in the School of Management’
The team tailored their skills level
development to specific curricula, thereby enhancing engagement and impact for the students.

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