UCL Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering


EEE PhD student wins teaching award

19 July 2021

Postgraduate Teaching Assistant, Dan Mannion, wins an Integrated Engineering Programme Teaching Excellence Award.

Dan Mannion IEP teaching award

Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering (EEE) Postgraduate Teaching Assistant (PGTA), Dan Mannion, won the 2020-21 Integrated Engineering Programme (IEP) PGTA Teaching Excellence Award under the category of “Best Leadership”.

The IEP is an award-winning undergraduate teaching framework shared by most UCL Engineering undergraduate degree programmes which emphasises creativity, communication, interdisciplinarity and teamwork by learning through projects and the social context of engineering.

On winning the award, Dan stated: 

Working within the IEP team with mentors such as Prof. Sally Day and Dr. Chika Nweke has been a great learning experience. Many of the changes wouldn’t have been possible without their support and insight. For new PhDs, I would thoroughly recommend doing PGTA work at some point during your studies as the skills you learn will stay with you and prepare you well as an educator.

Professor Emanuela Tilley, Director of Integrated Engineering Programme (IEP), said the following about Dan:

It was such a delight to read your nominations. On behalf of the IEP Team and the Electronic and Electrical Engineering department, I would like to thank you for being an exceptional leader on the ENGF0002 Design and Professional Skills I module. For a number of years now you have been an outstanding PGTA for your department through your seemingly effortless and consistent dedication to this year 1 module. You have shown true leadership in pulling together teams of markers for assignments and spotting issues before all others on the teaching team, only to simply take the initiative to solve them yourself. Your excellent relationship with the students is wonderful to read about, as your nomination points out that you not only see things from their perspective to provide the best answers to their questions, but are proactive in identifying areas for improvement amongst the teaching team. Your ability to work easily with people from across the department as well as the IEP and Careers Faculty Teams is magnificent, and you are praised for being highly reliable and having a work quality of the highest standard.

Find out more about the IEP PGTA Teaching Excellence Awards.