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20 April 2021

New DID Outstanding Teaching Award

Dr Anna Grimaldi has been awarded the Department of International Development's inaugural Annual Teaching Award.

Anna Grimaldi

The Department of International Development has initiated a new annual teaching award to recognize excellence in teaching and the learning environment within the Department by early-career staff members. The annual Award offers a further mechanism by which students’ voice is able to recognize and support good teaching in the Department. The award was open to nominations until March 10th, via an online form circulated by the Student Engagement team to undergraduate and postgraduate students in DID. Nearly 30 students submitted their nominations!

In announcing the inaugural winner, Professor Alfredo Saad Filho, the Head of Department of International Development, said that he is:

delighted to offer the very first DID Outstanding Teaching Award to Anna Grimaldi. This award has been introduced to recognise the work of early career academics who have achieved exceptionally good outcomes in their teaching, and who have been nominated for the prize by their students. Anna received an extraordinarily high number of nominations. Our students recognise that Anna is an exceptionally talented and dedicated teacher; she has made outstanding contributions to DID programmes over the past years, and has provided excellent support to our students in this most challenging year. I am pleased to see that so many students have recognised her hard work, and certain that Anna will continue to excel in the profession.

Professor Alfredo Saad Filho

In accepting the award, Dr Anna Grimaldi said:

I am absolutely honoured to have received this award for outstanding teaching. It should go without saying that the progress I have made since joining the department would not have been possible without the support, patience, and generosity of my incredible colleagues, nor the inspiring students I have known over the years. Brazilian pedagogist Paulo Freire stressed that education should be a means for discovering how to critically and creatively participate in the transformation of the world, and I think this is something that applies to educators as much as it does to students. On this note, I could not accept this award without giving extra special thanks to the current final year cohort. I am extremely grateful for everything you have taught me, and truly proud of all your achievements, and I wish you nothing but the best for these last few weeks at King's and wherever life takes you next.

Dr Anna Grimaldi

Thank you to the students who took time to submit nominations for the award, and congratulations, and thank you again for your outstanding contribution to DID teaching over the past years, to Dr Grimaldi!

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Alfredo Saad-Filho

Professor of Political Economy and International Development