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Faculty staff in UCL teaching and learning honoured at Education Awards 2019

19 June 2019

Five faculty staff have been recognised at UCL’s annual Education Awards (31 May 2019) for the outstanding contribution they have made to our learning community.

UCL Education Awards 2019

The annual Education Awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of staff and students through: Academic Representative of the Year; UCL Arena/Higher Education Academy Fellowships; UCL Education Awards; and Student Choice Awards.

Among the winners were William Lamb who received an award for Faculty Academic Rep of the Year for his efforts as Course Rep in bringing about change for the better, ensuring that research students in his department have more support and a better student experience.

“I’m very proud to have been recognised in this year’s awards. Being a post-graduate rep has hugely enhanced my time at UCL, I’ve developed new skills, made friends, and been able to help guide policy on things that directly affect the UCL PhD student experience,” said William Lamb.

Senior Fellow in the Division of Psychiatry, Dr Sarah Rowe, who won an Individual Award for her input in recent changes to assessment and feedback, academic support, and innovation and the use of new technologies within the MSc Mental Health Sciences programme.

In winning the award, Sarah Rowe said: “This award is meaningful to me because it recognises and values the significant time and effort that goes into developing new and engaging teaching methods, and their impact.”

Vanessa Puetz, Senior Teaching Fellow, UCL Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology also took home an Individual Award for her extraordinary commitment to students within the MRes Developmental Neuroscience and Psychopathology programme.

“It was such a great honour to experience the Provosts Education Award this year. We work so hard with the students to create an inclusive and supporting learning environment and it is fantastic to see this recognised on such a high level,” said Vanessa.

Other faculty members were shortlisted for awards. Dr Hans van de Koot from the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences was recognised in the category for Inspiring Teaching Delivery for his passion towards his subject, engaging teaching and dedication using technology to create a supportive and engaging learning environment.

“I'm very chuffed that my students have recognised my efforts by recommending me for this award. I enjoy teaching and experimenting with delivery methods to see what works best,” said Dr van de Koot.

While Dr Miranda Wolpert, also from Psychology and Language Sciences, was shortlisted for the Outstanding Research Supervision award category for her curiosity, passion and enthusiasm and encouragement for the students she supervises. Dr Wolpert said: “I feel very privileged to have such wonderful students from whom I learn as much as I teach!”