The MPLS Divisional Teaching Award Scheme celebrates success, and recognises and rewards excellence in innovative teaching. Awards are available to all those who teach, including graduate students, postdoctoral researchers and learning support staff. The Teaching Award Scheme is administered by the MPLS Divisional Office and awards are made, on merit, across the departments by a cross-departmental panel chaired by the Associate Head of Division (Academic). The awards are celebrated by the Head of Division at the MPLS Summer Reception in June/July.
MPLS Teaching Awards – 2019 scheme
Nominations are now open and you can nominate yourself or another person (see ‘how to nominate’ section below). Once all nominations have been gathered, each department will shortlist nominations from their departments and then finally our panel will decide the winners. The deadline for submitting nominations is Thursday 2nd May 2019.
There are between 5-10 individual awards given for innovation and/or leadership in teaching. These divisional awards carry a financial award of £1,000 per awardee.
How to nominate
To nominate yourself or another person for either of the categories, you will need to fill in a nomination form at:
Any supporting evidence can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
In the past, some nominations have not been very detailed which puts them at a disadvantage so please use as much detail as possible.
A list of strategic areas for nominations can be found here. This list is not intended to be exhaustive and applications are welcome on any aspect.
Details on previous winners is below.
The awards have been running in their current format since 2012. The winners of the awards since 2012 are listed below including detailed descriptions for last year's awards. Winners of teaching awards from years before 2012 (when the awards were in a different format) can be requested by emailing email@example.com
Individual Award 1 - Professor Ruth Baker, Mathematical Institute
Individual Award 2 - Professor Simon Benjamin, Department of Materials
Individual Award 3 - Professor Helen Byrne, Mathematical Institute
Individual Award 4 - Professor Xenia de la Ossa, Mathematical Institute
Individual Award 5 - Professor Andre Lukas, Department of Physics
Individual Award 6 - Professor Sarah Waters, Mathematical Institute
Individual Award 1 - Professor Byron Byrne, Engineering Science
Individual Award 2 - Professor Dan Ciubotaru, Mathematics
Individual Award 3 - Professor Steven Balbus, Physics
Individual Award 4 - Professor Peter Darrah, Plant Sciences
Individual Award 5 - Professor Claire Vallance, Chemistry
Project Award: Dr David Johnson, Senior Research Associate, OERC
Individual Award 1 - Dr Vicky Neale, Whitehead Lecturer, Mathematical Institute
Individual Award 2 - Mr Eric Peasley, Teaching and Design Engineer, Engineering Science
Individual Award 3 – Professor Caroline Terquem, Professor of Physics, Physics
Individual Award 4 – Dr Helen Johnson, Associate Professor, Earth Sciences
Individual Award 5 – Dr Jonathan Burton, Associate Professor, Chemistry
Project Award: Dr Christopher Palmer, Departmental lecturer, Physics
Special Category Award for innovative use of IT in teaching: Ms Belinda Hughes, Teaching Design Engineer, Engineering Science
Individual Award 1 - Dr Steve Sheard, Associate head of Department (teaching), Engineering Science
Individual Award 2 - Dr Andrew Ker, University lecturer, Computer Science
Individual Award 3 – Dr Cath Wilkins, Departmental Lecturer, Mathematical Institute
Individual Award 4 – Prof Fabian Essler, Professor, Physics
Individual Award 5 – Prof Owen Lewis, Professor, Zoology
Project Award - Dr Janet Dyson and Dr Richard Earl, Mathematics
Special Category Award (Oxford Sparks Public Engagement Award) - Dr Joanna Barstow, Physics
Individual Teaching Awards - Dr Nicholas Green, Professor Elspeth Garman, Professor Steve Simon, Professor Brian Follett
Project Award - Mr Rok Sekirnik
Special Category Award - Dr Greg Gyurko
Individual Teaching Awards - Professor Luis Fernando Alday; Professor Philip Maini; Dr Christina Goldschmidt; Dr Richard Palin.
Project Award - Dr Martin Griffiths
Special Category Award - Alan Howe
Individual Teaching Awards - Dr Kathryn Gillow, Prof Jon Chapman, Tom Close, Jamie Frost
If you have any questions on the Teaching Award Scheme, please email us.