Keele Awards for Excellence in Learning and Teaching

The winners of the annual Keele Awards for Excellence in Learning and Teaching for 2007?8 have been announced. Zoe Robinson, Katherine Birch and Tony Curtis will each receive £2000 and a certificate at a Graduation Day. The field was stronger than ever this year, and an additional three commendations were also made to the best runners-up, with an award of £500.

Twenty teaching staff were nominated by their students, and there were 11 applications for an award - the longest and strongest field ever. The judging panel (representatives of Learning and Teaching Committee plus an external advisor) had a difficult job selecting the winners.

Zoe Robinson is a Lecturer in Physical Geography and the Course Director for Applied Environmental Science and has been lecturing at Keele for four years. Zoe's teaching and learning interests relate particularly to the embedding of subject-specific employability skills within the Geography/Environmental Science curriculum, and the area of Education for Sustainable Development, particularly sustainability as an employability skill, and public understanding work with schools, school teachers and the general public on climate change and sustainable living. Zoe's research interests are wide-ranging from glacial hydrogeochemistry, to the environmental attitudes and behaviour of university students.

Katherine Birch is currently an e-learning Fellow at Keele and has been a Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Health Planning and Management. She has a keen interest in the use of technology to support teaching and learning. She has been involved with an innovative programme for NHS Trusts and has also been working with healthcare organisations to explore ways in which technology can support Continuing Professional Development.

Tony Curtis is currently Senior Lecturer and Director of Undergraduate Studies (Pharmaceutical Science) in the School of Pharmacy, a role that enables him to teach a diverse range of topics at the interface between the Physical and Life Sciences, from Metabolism and Microbiology to Organic Synthesis and Drug Discovery. The multidisciplinary nature of his teaching enables Tony to contextualise material better, thus enabling students to see beyond the lecture theatre or laboratory and ground their studies in real-world situations. Tony is also interested in the development of students' problem-solving skills through group work on task-based projects, and in the way learning styles translate from the classroom to the online environment.

The commendations to the best runners-up were: Linda Chesterton, Barbara Introwicz, and Jackie Waterfield (a team application), School of Health and Rehabilitation; Mo Ray, School of Criminology, Education, Sociology & Social Work and Lucy Munro, School of Humanities.

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