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Inspirational Teachers Award

Since 2010, the University of Oxford has run a scheme to recognise inspirational teachers from UK schools and colleges.

This award scheme recognises the crucial role teachers play in encouraging talented students in their schools or colleges. Each year, current first-year Oxford undergraduates from UK state schools or colleges with a limited history of sending students to Oxford are asked if they would like to nominate an inspirational teacher. 

The Inspirational Teachers Awards are a way of recognising the importance of school or college teachers in encouraging bright students to realise their potential and make a successful application to Oxford.

In 2018 ten teachers were honoured with an award. All were nominated by students currently in their first year at Oxford and attended an awards ceremony held at the University of Oxford in May.

Our 2018 winning teachers are:

Adam Pothecary at Bradford College in West Yorkshire, nominated by Rocco Memery studying English Language and Literature at Harris Manchester

“His classes proved to be the most entertaining and thought-provoking experiences college had to offer.”

student and teacher

Rocco Memery and Adam Pothecary

Andrew Hodgson at Aston Academy in South Yorkshire, nominated by Natalie Magee studying History at Oriel College

“Rather than simply hand-holding us towards exam success, he moulded us into keen learners who, after two years, had all developed a thirst for learning and a desire to expand our general knowledge through wider reading.”

Teacher and student

Andrew Hodgson and Natalie Magee

Anna Knowles at Aquinas College in Greater Manchester, nominated by Madeleine O'Connor studying Biological Sciences at New College

“Anna made me realise that if you put your mind to something you’re passionate about and talented at, you can go so much further than you ever believed.”

student and teacher

Madeleine O'Connor and Anna Knowles

Christina Pearce at Luton Sixth Form College in Bedfordshire, nominated by Matthew Judson studying PPE at Lady Margaret Hall

“She has been an inspirational influence and has undoubtedly made a significant difference to me.”

Teacher and student

Christina Pearce and Matthew Judson 

Danny Brown at BSix Sixth Form College in London, nominated by Desmond Asante studying Mathematics at St Peter's College

“The reason why I believe that Danny Brown deserves this award is because I think he is by far the most inspirational person in my academic life.”

student and teacher

Desmond Asante and Danny Brown

Hannah Davies at Bryn Hafren Comprehensive School in Wales, nominated by Charlotte Rose studying Medicine at Magdalen College

“I cannot think of anyone more deserving of the title ‘inspirational teacher’. Hannah made me challenge the Oxford applicant stereotype I held and gave me the confidence and support I needed to apply. Her faith in me never wavered and although I never believed I could one day study at Oxford, she did, and this is why I am here.”

student and teacher

Hannah Davies and Charlotte Rose

Jonathan Taylor at Chestnut Grove Academy in London, nominated by Ephraim Conteh studying PPE at Worcester College

“His passion and drive for helping me change my life has set a precedent in my school that will inspire a generation.”

student and teacher

Ephraim Conteh and Jonathan Taylor

Kim Lambert at Prior Pursglove College in North Yorkshire, nominated by Bethany Carter studying Experimental Psychology at New College

“Teachers do amazing work everyday, educating young people is an extremely challenging, yet important job, the ability to inspire students to chase their dreams and reach their full potential however, is a relatively rare ability which requires endless extra dedication and commitment above and beyond what is expected.”

student and teacher

Bethany Carter and Kim Lambert 

Poonam Gard at St Charles Catholic Sixth Form College in London, nominated by Shamime Ibrahim studying History and Politics at University College

“Miss Gard epitomises what it means to be a teacher, her teaching was second to none and her love for her subjects made students like me love studying even more.”


Shamime Ibrahim

Sally Llewellyn at Pencoed Comprehensive School in Wales, nominated by Grace Shaughnessy studying English Language and Literature at Merton College

“What I lacked in was the self-belief and it was not until I had met with my A-level English teacher that I began to think of Oxford as a tangible reality. Mrs Llewellyn was intrinsic to my decision to submit an application for enrolment here.”

Teacher and student

Sally Llewellyn and Grace Shaughnessy


You can also watch our inspiring teachers on our Videowall

Where are our nominated and winning Inspirational Teachers from?

 2017-18 nominees and winners

This year we received 57 nominations for teachers across the country.

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