Inaugural Provost’s Teaching Awards winners

11 May 2007

The outstanding contribution of 11 members of staff to excellence and innovation in teaching at UCL has been recognised with the announcement of the winners of the inaugural Provost’s Teaching Awards.

The winners are: Dr Helen Beer (UCL Hebrew & Jewish Studies), Claire Colomb (UCL Bartlett School of Planning), Dr Rob Miller (UCL School of Library, Information & Archive Studies), Dr Ray Noble (UCL Obstetrics & Gynaecology and UCL Physiology), Professor Thilo Rehren (UCL Archaeology), Dr Andrea Sella (UCL Chemistry), Dr Caroline Selai (UCL Institute of Neurology) and Dr Jennifer Van Heerde (UCL Political Science).

A joint award was also made to Charmian Dawson, Professor Elizabeth Shephard and Dr Andrea Townsend Nicholson for their collective work in UCL Biochemistry & Molecular Biology.

The awards celebrate excellence in teaching and serve to showcase the pedagogic expertise and leadership of our staff. They also demonstrate UCL’s commitment to continuous innovation in the teaching it offers its students.

A call for nominations from heads of departments and deans produced a strong field of applications: testament to the commitment and strengths of those nominated, as well as clear evidence of the quality of teaching at UCL.

Submissions were judged on the basis of the nominee’s:

  • contribution to curriculum innovation and development
  • contribution to the wider student experience, such as the skills or internationalisation agendas
  • contribution to UCL’s strategic commitment to educate for ‘global citizenship’, social responsibility, leadership
  • engagement in the development of interdisciplinary programmes
  • innovation in support for learning
  • development of the use of new technologies in teaching and learning.

Professor Michael Worton, Vice-Provost (Academic & International) and the chair of the selection panel, said: “The panel was enormously impressed by the quality of all the nominations for the inaugural Provost’s Teaching Awards. The range of teaching activities involves the often highly original use of both traditional methods and new technologies, and the commitment to inspire and encourage students to achieve ever more in their learning is clear evidence of why UCL is renowned for the quality of its teaching. All the nominees and, of course, especially the award winners deserve our warmest congratulations. I look forward already to reading next year’s nominations.”

The awards panel comprised: Professor Worton; Professor Vince Emery, UCL Pro-Provost for South Asia and the Middle East; Professor Jane Dacre (UCL Academic Centre for Medical Education); Bob Allan, Senior Tutor; Dr David Green (UCL Psychology); and Brigitte Picot, Director of the UCL Centre for the Advancement of Learning & Teaching. Winners will be formally recognised at an awards ceremony in July 2007.

To find out more about the awards, use the link at the bottom of this article.