Experienced Academic Staff
Professor Chris Barker, Research Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology (joint award)
Chris is a Professor of Clinical Psychology in the Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology. He has a BA from Cambridge and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from UCLA. Throughout his career he has worked closely with Professor Nancy Pistrang, including a job-share for many years. His research examines the communication of psychological help and support in diverse clinical and community settings. His teaching centres on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, where, together with Nancy Pistrang, he is the joint Research Director. Chris is responsible both for teaching fundamental research methods and for helping to support students carry out their doctoral research, often within complex working clinical settings. He is an author of Research Methods in Clinical Psychology (with Nancy Pistrang and Robert Elliott).
Professor Nancy Pistrang, Research Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology (joint award)
Nancy is a Professor of Clinical Psychology in the Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology. She has a BA from Yale and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from UCLA. Throughout her career she has worked closely with Professor Chris Barker, including a job-share for many years. Nancy’s research examines the communication of psychological help and support in diverse clinical and community settings. Her teaching centres on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, where she is the joint Research Director, and is responsible both for teaching fundamental research methods and for helping to support students carry out their doctoral research, often within complex working clinical settings. She is an author of Research Methods in Clinical Psychology (with Chris Barker and Robert Elliott).
Dr Elizabeth Benjamin, Research Department of Pathology, Cancer Institute
Pathology is vital to the understanding of medicine and education of our future doctors. Elizabeth has a keen interest in the development of pathology museums and in the use of pathological specimens for teaching. UCL possesses a unique collection of specimens acquired from many London teaching hospitals which provide a valuable teaching resource. It will not be possible to assemble such collections in the future.
Elizabeth has demonstrated innovative use of these specimens in adapting them for the current medical curriculum with initiatives such as ‘pop-up museums’ and portable, modular teaching collections which allow their display at different campus sites, to different student groups and covering different topics for interactive teaching. Their use has been extended to MSc teaching and for public engagement. These initiatives enhance pathology pedagogy and the quality of pathology education at UCL.
Dr Marcos Martinón-Torres, UCL Institute of Archaeology
Marcos is a Senior Lecturer in Archaeological Science and Material Culture at the UCL Institute of Archaeology, where he co-ordinates an MSc in the Technology and Analysis of Archaeological Materials and supervises a good number of international research students. He specialises on the science-based study of archaeological remains, with past and ongoing projects focusing on medieval alchemy in Europe, Pre-Columbian gold in America and the Terracotta Army of China. Marcos strives to use teaching and assessment methods that are explicitly cross-disciplinary, capitalise on the diversity of his students’ strengths and encourage knowledge exchange through peer-support, object analysis and teamwork. Marcos claims his students learn more from one another, and from interaction with PhD students, than from him. He typically teaches science in archaeology, but also brings archaeology to science departments and to the wider public.
Professor Andrew Fisher, UCL Department of Physics and Astronomy
Andrew has taught at UCL in the Department of Physics and Astronomy since 1995 and is now a Professor of Physics; he is also a Principal Investigator in the London Centre for Nanotechnology. He has taught a range of subjects to undergraduates in Physics, Astrophysics and (more recently) Natural Sciences; he has particularly enjoyed the challenge of engaging students with parts of the physics syllabus that are traditionally found to be more mathematically or conceptually demanding. His research aims at understanding the limits of quantum physics in nano-structures, and the implications of those limits for future technologies such as quantum information processing.
Mr Mike Rowson, UCL Institute for Global Health
"I’m a Senior Teaching Fellow and Director of Education at UCL’s Institute for Global Health. My job is to teach across a range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules and to develop the Institute’s education activities. Over the past few years I have focused on putting together a cross-faculty MSc in Global Health and Development, in recognition of the fact that promoting global health is about far more than providing effective medicines – it’s about dealing with poverty and injustices too. My professional background is in the NGO sector as a former Executive Director of global health charity Medact and so I see a seamless link between my careers!
"I feel very honoured to get this award and want to say thanks to my colleagues and fantastic students who make it all a real pleasure."
Ms Jo Volley, Slade School of Fine Art
"As a Lecturer at the Slade since 1986, my experimental approaches to questioning how and why we engage with materials has been at the forefront of my work as an artist. Through teaching, I am concerned with the ways in which the contemporary painter considers, believes or understands that knowledge of methods and materials is relevant to the creative process. As a teacher, I create situations, tools and learning environments that empower the students by giving weight to the activity of making and reaffirm the understanding of craftsmanship and materials in relation to aesthetic decision-making. I would like to thank my colleagues and the students of the Slade who support these ideas and help create such a rewarding and exciting place to teach."
Dr Andrew Wills, UCL Department of Chemistry
Andrew started teaching at UCL Chemistry in 2001. He is particularly interested in how information flows during teaching and is a great champion of using technology to provide new ways to shape the different dynamics involved in education. In 2012 he became Director of Studies in Chemistry and uses this opportunity to help drive the adoption of innovations that improve the quality of our student learning experiences. He believes that better teaching does not necessarily equate to more work, and has developed a side line in creating new software that enables staff to more effectively teach and save time during their day-to-day work. Many of these grow from a childhood belief that his BBC computer should do the tiresome things that he didn’t want to do, such as maths homework.