University academic shortlisted for prestigious biology award

Dr Sarah Gretton (pictured) from our Centre for Interdisciplinary Science has been shortlisted as a finalist for the HE Bioscience Teacher of the Year Award given by the Royal Society of Biology.

The Higher Education Bioscience Teacher of the Year Award seeks to identify the UK's leading bioscience higher education (HE) teachers, recognising the invaluable role they play in educating and inspiring the next generation of biologists.

The scheme rewards lecturers who: display individual excellence through the design and development of approaches to teaching that have proven successful in promoting bioscience student learning and achievement; undertake scholarly and professional developmental activities that actively influence and enhance the learning of their students; support colleagues and influence bioscience student learning beyond their own department and institution; and exhibit innovation in relation to teaching that has proven to improve teaching practices and enhance student learning.

Dr Gretton said: “I’m delighted to be selected as finalist for this award, and to have my work on the Natural Sciences programme recognised at a national level.”

The HE Bioscience Teacher of the Year Award has been developed from the UK Centre for Biosciences Ed Wood Teaching Awards, which were established in 2008/09 to provide an annual opportunity for bioscience academics to receive national recognition for their outstanding learning and teaching practices.

The winner of the award will be announced at the Heads of University Biosciences Spring Meeting in May. More information about the Meeting is available here.