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School of Bioscience Education staff recognised for Teaching Excellence

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Five members of teaching staff from the School of Bioscience Education in the Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine have won King’s Teaching Excellence Awards for their contributions to taught education at the university. The awards, established in 2002, give students the opportunity to recognise staff from each Faculty who have stood out for them as exceptional in their teaching and support. The nominees are then put before a staff and student panel who finalise the awards.

Dr Alison Snape from the Department of Biochemistry has been awarded for Sustained Excellence, which recognises the contribution over time, leading to a sustained impact that has significant benefits to the learning and teaching community of the Faculty. The panel highlighted Dr Snape’s ‘consistently excellent teaching and unstinting dedication to the support of students in the School of Bioscience Education.’

Dr’s Andy Grant and Susan Duty from the Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics are joint winners of the Innovation in Teaching Award, for their innovative approach to learning and teaching. On making their decision, the panel commented on Dr Grant’s and Dr Duty’s ‘innovative approach to the teaching of research skills in pharmacology, through the development of a module that engages, challenges and supports students along the “research journey”, from hypothesis to publication.’

The award for Student Experience has been given to Chloe Apps in the Department of Physiotherapy, in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the teaching environment of the Faculty, which impacts on and leads to improvements in the experiences of students. The panel underlined ‘not only Chloe’s teaching excellence but also her approachability, enthusiasm and willingness to work with students outside the formal curriculum.’ adding ‘Chloe is an inspiration to physiotherapy students.’

Dr Isabella Gavazzi from the Wolfson Centre for Age Related Diseases has been awarded for Student Support, which recognises individuals who have gone the extra mile through pastoral support to help students and their learning. The panel highlighted Dr Gavazzi’s ‘willingness to always go that extra mile to support her students. Always responsive, Isabella is recognised by our students as a “go-to” source for sensible, empathetic, clear and reliable advice.’

The winners are presented with a prize and a certificate at the graduation ceremonies in July.