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15 July 2013

The efforts of some of UCL's best teaching and support staff were recognised last week at a ceremony celebrating both the Provost's Teaching Awards and the new Student Choice Teaching Awards.

Professor Michael Worton, Vice-Provost (International), UCL President and Provost Professor Sir Malcolm Grant, and Professor Anthony Smith, Vice-Provost (Education)

Left-right: Professor Michael Worton, Professor Sir Malcolm Grant, Professor Anthony Smith

On Wednesday July 10 some of UCL's most influential figures, including UCL President and Provost Professor Sir Malcolm Grant, Vice-Provost (Education) Professor Anthony Smith, and Vice-Provost (International) Professor Michael Worton, came together to celebrate the very best of teaching and student support at UCL.

With the Provost's Teaching Awards ceremony also playing host to the inaugural Student Choice Teaching Awards, which were organised and chosen by students, the evening was a celebration of all that is great about teaching at UCL.

In Sir Malcolm's speech, which was the last that he'll give at a Provost's Teaching Awards ceremony (The Provost retires this summer), three points were focused upon: firstly, he commended UCLU on having organised the Student Choice Teaching Awards. The Provost said that these represented a "fantastic step forward" for the university.

Next, the Provost argued that the sheer number of awards being given that night showed that the "dissonance between research and teaching is nonsense", and that uniting the two was "no more challenging than walking and chewing gum at the same time - you just need to care". 

The third point made by the Provost was that many parts of UCL remain siloed, with excellent practice seldom shared around the institution. The importance of teamwork is recognised by the Team Collaboration award, which was introduced last year, and Sir Malcolm joked that ultimately we should be aiming for a team award to be given to the whole of UCL.

Anthony Smith used his speech to emphasise the difficulty the panel experienced in choosing the winners, "especially when excellence is taken as a given". He also paid homage to Michael Worton, who is retiring in September, saying, "Michael has been a tireless champion of teaching in general and these awards in particular. We owe him a huge debt of gratitude for his advocacy and leadership."

Edwin Clifford-Coupe, UCLU's Education and Campaigns Officer, presented the Student Choice Teaching Awards alongside the Provost, with two members of staff (Isidoros Strouthos and Judy Medrington) becoming double winners.

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