July 10, 2012, by Gaby

Celebrating Teaching successes in the Humanities. The Postgraduate Teaching Awards 2012

In the latest round of the Postgraduate Teaching Awards, two of the students recognised for their outstanding contributions to Teaching and Learning within the School of Humanities are Helen Wainwright and Peter Watts, both of them doctoral candidates within the School of Humanities.

The Postgraduate Teaching Assistant Award recognises and celebrates examples of innovative teaching and support of learning and is recognised as a mark of distinction within the University.  This annual award is open to all postgraduate research students who teach either individually, or as part of a group, at the University of Nottingham.  Applicants may support teaching and learning through a wide range of activities, including: demonstrating in laboratory classes, distance learning, leading seminars or tutorials, supporting project work, lecturing or assessing and giving feedback on student work.


Helen receiving her Teaching Aawrd

Helen Wainwright (Art History)

Helen Wainwright – Department of Art History

Helen taught on two Art History modules for first years and has used feedback to improve the structure of the seminars.  She uses a variety of techniques to keep students engaged and participating in the seminar; including a cabinet of curiosity to develop skills of visual and material analysis.  Helen is an engaging teacher, has the ability to think on her feet and adapt activities if required and has a very good rapport with the students.


Peter Watts receiving his award

Peter Watts (TRS)

Peter Watts – Department of Theology and Religious Studies

Peter taught on two Introduction to Biblical Greek modules which have previously seen diminishing student numbers. Drawing on his own experiences he has shown students the benefits of learning Greek and used interesting and relevant examples to involve all students. Subsequently the numbers of students continuing with Greek has improved and he has received excellent SET feedback.  Peter is a wonderfully lucid expositor, is enormously positive and is highly committed to his students.

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