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Director's Teaching Prize 2016-2017

The Director’s Teaching Prize was established in order to recognize excellence in teaching and the promotion of learning within the School. The School recognizes the need to celebrate achievements in the field of innovation in learning and teaching, as well as to acknowledge teaching and teaching-related scholarly and/or creative activities.

This year we took nominations for three categories:

Inspirational and innovative teaching

This award is intended for a member of staff who has been teaching for more than 4 years. The Award Panel looked for evidence in support of one or more of the following criteria:

  • Encouraging students’ independent critical thinking and taking responsibility for their own learning and research strategy.
  • Using innovative teaching methods/or innovative support for student learning;
  • Stimulating students’ intellectual curiosity and interest in ways which will inspire their commitment to learning and research.
  • Meeting the needs of the diverse student population.
  • Undertaking scholarly/creative work which contributes to excellence in teaching and learning (this could include new courses, learning resources, publications, AV or IT material, etc.).

This year the prize was awarded jointly to:

  • Robin Kearney (IFCELS)
  • Hanns Kendel (CISD)
  • Ramin Nessehi (Economics)
  • How Wee Ng (Languages and Cultures of Inner Asia)
  • Parvathi Raman (Anthropology)

Teaching Fellows and Graduate Teaching Assistants

The award is intended for a member of staff who has been teaching for 4 years or less. The Award Panel looked for evidence in support of one or more of the following criteria:

  • Teaching practice and enthusiasm that engages students in intellectually challenging and stimulating discussions.
  • Commitment to professional development.
  • Providing motivating and constructive student feedback while promoting and enhancing the learners' experience.
  • Encouraging students’ independent critical thinking and taking responsibility for their own learning and research strategy.
  • Stimulating students’ intellectual curiosity and interest in ways which will inspire their commitment to learning and research.

This year the prize was awarded to:

  • Elizabeth Munro (Religion and Philosophies)

Support Staff

The award for support staff is intended to recognize any member of staff at SOAS who has had an important impact on students’ university experience but does not work in strictly academic positions.

Students spend a lot of time at SOAS where they are helped by hundreds of members of staff in a range of facilities and services such as the Library, Student Advice and Wellbeing, IT, Learning and Teaching Development (formerly ADD), the Careers Office, Registry, Faculty support staff etc. These services provide invaluable study skills, research, information technology, SPLD support and personal development workshops and events, and help make SOAS what it is.

The Award Panel looked for evidence in support of one or more of the following criteria:

  • Providing outstanding support to students and staff.
  • Providing clear, prompt and friendly communication.
  • Innovation of process.
  • Providing the School with a positive example of good practice in student engagement.
  • Developing a sense of community at the School.

This year the prize was awarded jointly to:

  • Jack Footitt (Faculty Officer, Law & Social Sciences)
  • Kerri Ramkissoon (Faculty Officer, Languages and Cultures)

Further Information

The prize are given for work undertaken at SOAS, with SOAS students. The winners were announced at the fourth annual SOAS Learning and Teaching Conference

For more information, please see Director's Teaching Prize FAQs.

Director's Teaching Prize 2017 Longlist

Director's Teaching Prize 2017 Shortlist