17 october 2008

Denham celebrates excellence in teaching

John Denham MP, Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, presenting the 2008 Oxford University Teaching awards with Dr John Hood, the Vice-Chancellor.
John Denham MP, Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, presented the 2008 Oxford University Teaching awards with Dr John Hood, the Vice-Chancellor.

John Denham MP, Secretary of State of Innovation, Universities and Skills, has presented awards to over 80 University professors, lecturers and staff at a ceremony at Rhodes House.

The Oxford University Teaching Awards recognise work such as using podcasts to engage students with Old English and poetry and video clips to get students talking about geography and the environment, as well glowing feedback from students on tutorials, lectures and extra-curricular activities.

The scheme is run by the Oxford University Learning Institute and aims to recognise excellence in college and university teaching.

Dr Stephen Goss, Director of the Learning Institute, said: ‘This is the third year in which the university has given Teaching Awards to recognise and reward the dedication and commitment of staff across the collegiate university in providing the very best teaching and learning support for our students, both undergraduate and postgraduate.’

‘The winners have been chosen by their departments or divisions not only for excellence in teaching, but also for their wide ranging contributions through, for example, devising new courses, introducing new teaching methods, and developing programmes and materials in support of access and outreach.  In addition to the awards, eleven grants have been given to support staff in undertaking educational projects that they have proposed.’

Among the 81 who received awards were Dr Stuart Lee, Dr Derek McCormack and Ms Louise Gullifer.

Dr Lee, from the Faculty of English and OUCS, received an award for his innovation in teaching methods, such as the use of audio recordings and podcasts and his work on the production of online course material – the Old English Coursepack is available outside the University and demonstrates Oxford’s teaching in Anglo-Saxon.

Dr McCormack from the School of Geography and the Environment was recognized for methods such as using poetry and video clips to stimulate group discussions.

Ms Gullifer, from the Faculty of Law, received an award for her contribution to extra-curricular activities, developing 'mini-moots' that helped with revision by identifying suitable moot problems and judges from the legal profession.

The awards were presented by John Denham MP and the Vice-Chancellor of the University at a ceremony at Rhodes House on 16 October.

The 2008 Oxford University Teaching Awards winners.