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13 July 2021

New Global Health and Social Medicine Excellence in Teaching Award

The Department of Global Health and Social Medicine has awarded its inaugural Excellence in Teaching Award for early-career researchers to Maddy Pearson.

Maddy Pearson

The award, which was voted for by students, aims to encourage student voices and help to recognise and support outstanding teaching.

Students said that she makes “every single seminar information rich and enjoyable”, and cited her her kindness, patience and willing to go the extra mile to make her seminars interesting and informative as reasons for voting for Maddy.

In accepting the award, Maddy, a graduate teaching assistant in the department, said:

Reading the feedback was so uplifting and a little emotional. I had been nervous about teaching online having so loved teaching face to face last year, but once I got going I found it really rewarding, and felt it to be a wholesome learning environment. It is humbling to read that many students felt the same way. I couldn’t have supported the students without the support I received myself from David Reubi, Anne Pollock and Amy Hinterberger. All have guided me as a GTA in the last year and have been sources of calm wisdom, kindness and have given me new-found confidence in myself.

In announcing the award, Professor Anne Pollock said that:

Although the prize is based on student feedback, Maddy has been tremendously supportive from the perspective of academic teaching staff as well – not least as an invaluable contributor to our team of TEL GTAs supporting fully flexible learning. Maddy’s been a star!

Professor Anne Pollock

Thank you to the students who took time to submit nominations and votes for the award, and congratulations to Maddy!