Awards for innovative teaching at Essex Business School

  • Date

    Tue 18 Jul 17

Three examples of outstanding teaching at Essex Business School have been recognised in this year’s Excellence in Teaching Awards.

Professor Geoffrey Wood
“Essex Business School staff deliver first class and genuinely innovative teaching for our students. This includes techniques such as the usage of internally generated case studies and business simulation games to bring theory and practice together; however, above all, it reflects a serious commitment to the scholarly project, to deepening the knowledge, capabilities and understanding of students. I am delighted that Anastasia, Giovanni and Ahmad’s hard work and dedication has been recognised through the Awards.” 
Professor Geoffrey Wood Dean, Essex Business School

Dr Anastasia Kopita

Dr Kopita is a Lecturer in Accounting with research interests in capital markets and international accounting. One of her achievements that impressed the judges was her collaborative work with Essex Pathways to help foundation year students make the transition to their degree course in Essex Business School.

“The Greek philosopher, Socrates, said: ‘I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think’. This is what I enjoy most about teaching; the stimulation of critical thinking. I feel very honoured to be awarded the University of Essex Excellence in Teaching Award.”
Dr Anastasia Kopita Lecturer, Essex Business School

Dr Giovanni Oscar Serafini

Dr Serafini is a Lecturer in International Business. He was recognised for his dedication to teaching and commitment to his students.

“What I enjoy most about teaching is fostering class participation and interaction between students, which enables them to attain higher-level thinking skills, insights about their learning process, and a broader understanding of business complexity.”
Dr Giovanni Oscar Serafini Lecturer, Essex Business School

Ahmad Abras

Ahmad Abras is a PhD Accounting candidate and Graduate Teaching Assistant. He impressed the award panel with both his conscientiousness as a teacher and his commitment to his own professional development.

“My teaching philosophy is to create a positive learning environment that encourages open communication with students and integrates practical knowledge with theoretical concepts. My aim is to make accounting interesting to students and to challenge their perceptions of it.”
Ahmad Abras Graduate TEaching ASsistant, Essex Business School

Dr Kopita, Dr Serafini and Ahmad will be presented with their awards at the Essex Business School Graduation ceremonies.