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Bioscience Teacher of the Year 2012
The Bioscience Teacher of the Year Award seeks to identify the UK’s leading bioscience university teachers recognising the invaluable role played by teachers in Higher Education.
The competition was open to all employed bioscience teachers in the UK higher education system and individuals can be nominated either by self, peer or management nomination using the quick nomination form. Nominations should be received by the Society of Biology by noon on Friday 2nd December 2011.
Good luck with your entries!
Bioscience Teacher of the Year 2011
We are delighted to announce that Dr Jon Scott of the University of Leicester has been named winner of the Bioscience Teacher of the Year 2011 award
The judging panel recognised Jon as:
“an individual who genuinely puts student engagement at the heart of his academic practice” and who presented “holistically, an impressive record”.
Jon commented: “I feel deeply honoured at having been named as the Bioscience Teacher of the Year for 2011, particularly at a time when learning and teaching in higher education are under the spotlight more than ever before. This award is also of real significance because it is made by the UK Centre for Bioscience and Oxford University Press, both being organisations that place the promotion of high quality education at the heart of their activities."
The UK Centre for Bioscience also congratulate Carol Wakeford who was Highly Commended by the panel and our other finalists, Phil Langton (University of Bristol) and Richard Milne (University of Edinburgh).
As part of the judging process for the award, the four finalists worked with the UK Centre for Bioscience to produce case studies of methodologies they have each developed to enhance the learning experience for bioscience students at their institution. The case studies were published in the Proceedings for the Effective Learning in the Biosciences Conference and will shortly be made available to the wider bioscience learning and teaching community through the Higher Education Academy’s EvidenceNet.
Finalists' case studies
Over the 2010-11 academic year individuals from the Centre worked with each of the shortlisted candidates (and their students) to build up a case study surrounding an aspect of their teaching. The case studies helped to inform the selection process. The case studies were published in the Proceedings of the international conference: Effective Learning in the Biosciences 2011 and are available individually and can be downloaded below:
About the Award
The scheme rewards lecturers who:
The winner will receive the Ed Wood Memorial Prize: £1,000 to spend as they wish and one year’s subscription to an OUP journal. The remaining finalists will each receive a £150 prize for their case study.
The Ed Wood Memorial Prize is named in honour of Professor Edward J. Wood, who established and became the first Director of the Learning and Teaching Support Network for Bioscience, now the UK Centre for Bioscience, who dedicated himself to the promotion of biochemistry and molecular biology education.
The Award supports the Centre's aim to 'Raise the status of learning and teaching and enhance the professional development and recognition of bioscience staff'.
So are you the sort of person who enters a teaching competition? If you care about teaching, enjoy a challenge and have something to share with like-minded colleagues, then why not?
(Reflections from a previous finalist)The awards cover England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland and applications are welcome from all four nations.
Aims of the Award:
Who is eligible?
The competition is open to bioscience teachers in UK higher education, including those involved in higher education provision within further education. To enter, the bioscience teacher in question should be currently employed by a UK educational institution on a part-time or full-time, fixed term or permanent basis.
It is likely but not a requirement that applicants may already have received recognition for their outstanding teaching and support for student learning from their employing institution and it is envisaged that selection as Bioscience Teacher of the Year may provide a stepping-stone to nomination for the Higher Education Academy’s National Teaching Fellowship Scheme for Individuals.
Criteria against which applications are judged
Equal weighting is given to the following 3 criteria:
The judging process and the judging panel
A short-list of 4 finalists was selected. During the 2010-11 academic year they were visited on campus and observed and filmed during an appropriate teaching session. Candidates were interviewed informally about their teaching and asked to facilitate the gathering of student feedback via questionnaires and a student focus group. These activities helped the panel to build up a full picture and informed the writing of a 2-page case study by a member of staff from the UK Centre for Bioscience.
The awards were presented at the Effective Learning in the Biosciences Conference in summer 2011.
The Bioscience Teacher of the Year Award has been developed from the UK Centre for Bioscience’s Ed Wood Teaching Awards which were established in 2008/09 to provide an annual opportunity for bioscience academics to receive national recognition for their outstanding learning and teaching practices, and to identify and publicise the practice of bioscientists which has been proven to enhance the student learning experience. The Centre is delighted to be working in partnership with Oxford University Press to strengthen and raise the profile of teaching excellence in the biosciences.
The Ed Wood Teaching Awards were originally based on the scheme of the Higher Education Academy Engineering Subject Centre and later incorporated a framework of excellence adapted with permission from the University of Leeds.