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Vice-Chancellor's Teaching Excellence Awards 2015

Congratulations to colleagues who have received Vice-Chancellor's Teaching Excellence Awards this year. The awards scheme recognises and rewards colleagues who demonstrate excellence in teaching and/or learning support at the University of Bradford.

Three awards have been made. These will be celebrated at the annual Learning, Teaching and Assessment Conference on 2 July 2015 and formally presented at summer award ceremonies.

Dr Mike Reynolds

Lecturer in Economics, Faculty of Social Sciences.

Awarded for:

  • Innovative use of game theory and technology to develop a highly student centred approach to learning in a subject area that often presents significant barriers.
  • Demonstrating significant positive impact on student results and progression.
  • Successful engagement with colleagues to influence the adoption of technology and game theory approaches across the department and wider faculty.
  • Disseminating/sharing practice locally via the Learning & Teaching Conference and making a significant contribution to raising the profile of the University through dissemination via the national Economics Network.

Dr Steve Dockrill and Dr Julie Bond

Senior Lecturers in Archaeology, Faculty of Life Sciences.

Awarded for:

  • Providing an extremely powerful story from students that clearly articulates how they benefit from a genuine research-led and experiential/real-world learning approach to teaching.
  • Demonstrating the use of spiral curriculum that encourages students to take increased responsibility for their learning as they progress through each stage of their studies.
  • Engaging students in authentic, real-world learning for developing graduate attributes and employability skills.
  • Developing teamwork and community outreach for disseminating their work and raising the profile of the University.

Ruth Lefever

Student Experience Co-ordinator, Student and Academic Services, Professional Services.

Awarded for:

  • Vision, drive and commitment that led to the development of the Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) Scheme and its growth and extension to other areas of the University following its initial pilot in Computing.
  • Demonstrating positive impact of the scheme where this has been adopted and its potential for developing graduate attributes/employability skills for PAL leaders.
  • The scholarly approach to developing the scheme.
  • Providing the University with a positive example of good practice in student engagement as acknowledged by the recent HE Review.