14 May 2012: Honours for top teaching

This year's Excellence in Teaching Award winners are Dr Jo Barton in the Centre for Sport and Excercise Science, Penny Breary-Horne in the School of Law and HRC member, and Dr Anthony Vickers from the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering.

They will receive their awards at Graduation 2012 plus £1000 to support their continuing professional development in learning and teaching. The awards recognise excellence in supporting student learning experience.

Dr Barton was rewarded for her innovative approach to teaching including the use of interactive online learning tools such as Virtual Learning Environments, Moodle and podcasts. She also uses problem based learning sessions and mini group discussions to engage students.

Outstanding dedication to students by Ms Breary-Horne, HRC member, was highlighted by the judging panel. She uses new approaches to encourage engagement with tutorials, helped design a new module covering academic, legal and professional skills, supported a huge range of extracurricular activities in the School of Law and also contributed to the award-winning Realising Oppertunities outreach project.

Championing student mobility, introducing new online approaches and encouraging best practice in higher education across the world led to recognition for Dr Vickers. He is particularly keen to use online aproaches to develop collaberative project work by students. He has been heavily involved in the strategic development of  international study oppertunities and is involved in numerous key international education initiatives.