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Inspirational Teachers Award

Since 2010, the Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach office at 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 2017 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 2017 winning teachers are:

  • Alice Fallon, Meden School in Nottinghamshire
  • Angeline Nicholas, Chatham and Clarendon Grammar School in Kent
  • Bal Dhillon, Bracknell and Wokingham College in Berkshire
  • Ceri Boyle, Ridgewood School in Doncaster
  • Debra Walsh, Brynteg Comprehensive School in Bridgend, Wales
  • Graeme Morrison, Biggar High School in South Lanarkshire, Scotland
  • Mitchell Burke, South Cheshire College in Crewe
  • Neil Robertson, Highgate Wood School in Islington, London
  • Peter Marks, The Ilfracombe Academy in Devon
  • Thomas Braun, Sacred Heart High School in Newcastle

How does it feel to be nominated?

"I am absolutely delighted to have been nominated by [my student] for this award and although it is a privilege to be recognised in this way, I feel  quite overwhelmed. As a teacher I feel it is my responsibility to do my best to foster enthusiasm and cultivate an interest in my subject area. Teaching is a vocation and when a student shows curiosity for knowledge and learning, the skill is recognising it and helping them to deepen and broaden their knowledge. As teachers today it is easy to be caught up with the business of statistics and data analysis and view students as 'cohorts' rather than individuals with potential in a variety  of areas. It is perhaps  easy to lose sight of our fundamental role which is to educate and encourage students to be inquiring individuals. Once potential is identified, it is natural as a teacher to want to see ones students fulfil it. My advice to students applying to university is never think that you have set the bar too high. If you aim high and you are committed, the opportunities and rewards are immeasurable." Debra Walsh - Winning Inspirational Teacher, 2017


Where are our Inspirational Teachers from?

 Inspirational Teachers

Winning Inspirational Teachers 2010-2017

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