Staff at the Beginning of their Academic Career
Dr Adrien Desjardins, UCL Medical Physics and Bioengineering
Adrien is a Lecturer and Senior Research Fellow in the UCL Department of Medical Physics and Bioengineering. His teaching interests are centred on the development and evaluation of techniques for students to contribute to their learning environment. He was awarded two E-Learning Development Grants to develop a novel framework for students to share e-learning videos with a global audience and to critique the works of their peers. This framework has been integrated into two undergraduate courses at UCL. His research interests span biophysics, bioengineering, medical imaging, and minimally invasive devices. He recently received a European Research Council Starting Grant and an EPSRC First Grant to develop novel medical imaging and sensing systems for guiding minimally invasive procedures in the human body.
Dr Richard Milne, Centre for Virology
Richard is a Lecturer in Virology in the UCL Division of Infection and Immunity, based in the Clinical Virology Department at the Royal Free Campus. His research interest is virus-host interactions. He teaches virology and infection to science undergraduates, postgraduates and medical students.
This award recognises Richard’s introduction of peer review to the coursework component of the second-year ‘Infection’ module he runs. He had been disappointed with the quality of the coursework essays and decided to do something about it. Students were required to submit a draft version of their essay which was then reviewed by one of their peers. The results were encouraging: the average mark went up one degree class and, more broadly, the students acquired a transferrable skill.
Dr Benn Thomsen, UCL Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Benn’s Provost’s Teaching Award is for the introduction of week-long engineering scenarios into Electronic and Electrical Engineering.
Benn joined UCL in 2004 as a postdoctoral researcher in the area of optical communication, and became a Lecturer in 2007. He strongly believes that you only gain mastery of a subject if you practise it or teach it, and brings this practice element into his courses either through hands-on assignments or scenarios. The application of engineering through the open problems posed by scenarios gives the students the opportunity to hone their engineering skills across the entire engineering design process, from initial conception to prototyping, testing and refinement and on to the final system demonstration. The facilitative and interactive nature of teaching that occurs within a scenario not only provides a really positive learning and feedback experience for students but is also extremely rewarding for the teacher.