New Awards for Innovation in Teaching

Posted on 10th March 2014

For the second year running the Faculty of Huamnities has awarded staff who have shown Innovation in their Teaching and Research.

Head of History and Archaeology Dr Keith McLay, Dr Katherine Wilson, Dr Thomas Pickles, and Professor Tim Wheeler, Vice-Chancellor
Head of History and Archaeology Dr Keith McLay, Dr Katherine Wilson, Dr Thomas Pickles, and Professor Tim Wheeler, Vice-Chancellor
The Faculty applauds the creativity with which Dr Wilson and Dr Herrmann have enhanced student learning, and we believe both have innovated in ways that can be emulated in other disciplines.
Professor Rob Warner, Dean of Humanities

Dr Katherine Wilson (Senior Lecturer in Medieval History in the Department of History and Archaeology) and Dr Frank Herrmann (Lecturer in English Language/Linguistics in the Department of English) were presented with Innovation in Teaching Awards. 

Dr Wilson demonstrated her commitment to innovation in teaching and learning with the design of a new first year skills module, The Mystery of History, in 2013.  Recognising that a particular challenge in Higher Education lies in facilitating the transition from school to university and in equipping students with the different skill sets required for a successful university career, Dr Wilson developed the module specifically designed to address this issue.

Dr Hermman and Professor Chris Walsh, Head of EnglishDr Hermann was awarded for his continuing efforts in promoting e-learning in the Department of English and promoting student and research led teaching.  One example of this is the implementation of SCORM (Sharable Content Object Reference Model) packages into his teaching. Lecture notes of the module EN4301 Structures of English, are accompanied by interactive quizzes which allow Dr Herrmann to check on students’ understanding of the subject matter and tailor the following seminar tasks based on the overall performance or the performance on specific questions. Students can access these quizzes from any device (tablet, PC, phone) and even start them on one device and carry on with the activity on another device at a later stage; thus catering for students who commute.

A new award for 2014, The Outstanding Early Career Researcher REF Submission Award, was awarded to Dr Thomas Pickles (Lecturer in Medieval History in the Department of History and Archaeology).  Dr Pickles who joined the University at the start of this academic year, was judged to have offered the most impressive early career research profile with the following four outputs:

  • ‘Anglo-Saxon Monasteries as Sacred Places: Topography, Exegesis and Vocation’, in P Thomas and J Sterrett (eds), Sacred Text - Sacred Space.
  • ‘Biscopes-t ¯un, muneca-t ¯un and pr e¯osta-t u¯n: dating, significance and distribution’, in E Quinton (ed.), The Church in English Place-Names, English Place-Name Society Extra Series 4.
  • ‘Angel Veneration on Anglo-Saxon Stone Sculpture from Dewsbury (WY), Otley (WY) and Halton (La): Contemplative Preachers and Pastoral Care’, in the Journal of the British Archaeological Association, 162.
  • ‘Locating Ingetlingum and Suthgedling: Gilling West and Gilling East’, in Northern History, XLVI:2.