This award recognises an individual (or team) who shows commitment and dedication to widening participation by creating a diverse and inclusive environment, through curriculum content and design, teaching practice, and/or supporting students and colleagues. Below is the supporting statement that led the Student Panel to choose Jonathan as the 2023 winner of this category:
'Dr Turner is committed to inclusive practice, as evidenced by his role as Disability Lead, leading on faculty widening participation and EDI initiatives, such as on-campus visit days and our pre-16 programme. He also facilitates several KERF projects with an inclusivity strand.
As part of his teaching practice, he ‘always emails students ahead of time to let them know what to expect and exactly how to prepare’. This is particularly helpful for neurodivergent students and those who feel anxious attending sessions, allowing them to plan and prepare strategies accordingly.
Teaching on a time intensive and challenging course, Dr Turner is ‘exceptionally organised’, helping those students who are time poor to plan their schedules further in advance. This particularly impacts student parents and those with caring responsibilities.
Students describe Dr Turner as having a ‘real passion’ for ensuring ‘everyone understands not only the foundational concepts, but higher levels of understanding in his subject too’.