Biochemistry department staff receive Teaching Excellence Awards

The University has recognised the high quality of teaching in the department through its Teaching Excellence Awards.

This year, 5 departmental members have received awards for a range of activities including lecturing, organising Summer Schools for sixth-formers to experience Oxford Biochemistry, the development of graduate courses, and running practical classes.

Dr Phil Biggin

Dr Phil Biggin

Phil Biggin, Mark Roberts, Juan Escobar, Patricia Hook and Anoma Wagner were presented with their awards by Professor Andrew Hamilton, Vice-Chancellor of Oxford, at a ceremony at Convocation House on 10 November. The Medical Sciences Division held a separate ceremony for its winners –who include Biochemistry department staff - on 17 November.

The awardees were nominated by the department’s Teaching Office following feedback from students who singled out those who had made a special contribution to teaching and learning.

Dr Phil Biggin’s award recognises his exceptional contribution to the delivery of teaching in Biochemistry. The award particularly notes Dr Biggin’s innovative use of new technologies in teaching and learning, and the development of the graduate-level courses in Bioinformatics.

Dr Mark Roberts

Dr Mark Roberts

Described by his students as ‘an engaging and enthusiastic’ lecturer, Dr Mark Roberts has been presented with a Learning Support Award, an award for staff who are not employed to teach as part of their contract. This recognises his 2nd-year lectures and his role in running the Sutton Trust, and now UNIQ, outreach Summer Schools in the department.

For the past 3 years, these week-long courses have successfully brought between 30 and 40 state school students to Oxford to experience a taste of Biochemistry. Many members of the department contribute their time to help on the courses which have received very positive feedback and have encouraged students to apply to Oxford. Applications for the 2012 course will open in the New Year (see www.ox.ac.uk/uniq)

Patricia Hook, Juan Escobar and Anoma Wagner

Patricia Hook, Juan Escobar and Anoma Wagner

Biochemistry department teaching technicians Juan Escobar, Patricia Hook and Anoma Wagner were presented with an award as a technical team in the support category. The award recognises the team’s dedication in the running of practical classes for Biochemistry undergraduates.





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