Sir Alastair Pilkington Teaching Prizes

The EdDev team (Patrick, Stuart, Sarra, and Ian) have been working with colleagues from across the University to help select this years recipients of the Sir Alastair Pilkington Awards. These coveted awards are in recognition for University of Liverpool staff who have made an outstanding contribution to pedagogy and the enhancement of the student experience.

This year, the selection process was undertaken in two stages. Firstly, Teaching Awards were made to staff in who had made an important contribution to learning and teaching in their Faculty. These winners were then invited to present and answer questions about their practice to their peers and a judging panel. From this the recipients of the Alastair Pilkington prizes for each faculty were chosen. It was pleasing to see that many of the award winners had undertaken Educational Development programmes and had been supported by the e-Learning Unit with their teaching innovations, many of which are now used as examples of good practice on iTeach. The award winners for each of the Faculties were as follows:

Faculty of Health and Life Sciences Winner: Susanne Voelkel.
Susanne demonstrated excellence in both teaching and as the Head of Zoology and presented on a) a novel, two-stage online test design, where weekly online tests require students to engage with the current lecture material and b) a mobile phone-based voting system which enables in-class self assessment quizzes during the lectures. Both methods have now been adopted by several members of staff within the School of Life Sciences and also in other departments, and will be widely used from September 2013 after the implementation of the School’s curriculum review.

Shortlisted: Alison Hobden; Luciane Vieria de Mello Rigden; Kieron Salmon; Zenobia Lewis and Stuart Marshall Clarke.

Faculty of Science and Engineering Winner: Nick Greeves.
Nick (from the Chemistry Department) demonstrated the development and use of ChemTube3D, a widely used web resource. This is a unique collection of over 800 web-pages containing interactive 3D molecular animations for use in lectures and private study; he further demonstrated the development of a new format of Organic Chemistry textbook for which he is co-author. The departmental, national and international impact of these developments were presented.

Shortlisted: Neil Berry; Helen Vaughan; Dan Hibbert; Terry Payne; Physical Geography Team; Jon Woolf; Mat Murphy; Jackie Leyland.

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Winners: Helen Stalford and Jeremy Marshall.
Liverpool Law School’s Helen and Jeremy won the Award for the innovative redesign of a compulsory, Year 1 foundation module for the LLB (law) degree to ensure a better of fit of key legal skills and topics within the wider programme offerings. Combining a range of pedagogical approaches, the redesigned module involves Academic Advisors in delivery and so maximises student opportunities to address skills development; a ‘Face behind the Case’ final lecture has been introduced, delivered by a guest from a high profile case. The delivery and assessment of the module has been “flipped” (a blended approach of online lectures and quizzes supported by face-to-face review and discussion) which contributes to significantly improved final assessment performance. Since the redesign of the module student attendance has soared and student feedback is exceedingly positive.

Shortlisted: Michael Davies; Freya Jarman; Michael Knight; Mrs Claire Mallanaphy; Panayiota Vassilopoulou.