Education Awards: PGCert Prize Winners 2020

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New for 2020, the Vice-Chancellor’s Education Awards celebrate high-quality education across the collegiate University - recognising new and innovative approaches to teaching, and the steps being taken to further students' educational experience at Oxford.

The PGCert Prizes are a part of the Education Awards and are presented to the participants in each cohort scoring the highest grade in their teaching portfolio. The Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning is a University of Oxford degree award programme which is only open to staff who are teaching in Oxford. 

We are very happy to announce that three outstanding teachers have been awarded the Prize.

To find out more about each winner and their work click on their name below: 



Dr Vicky Neale is the Whitehead Lecturer at Oxford's Mathematical Institute and Supernumerary Fellow at Balliol College. 

vicky neale

I'm really glad I had the opportunity to do the PGCert programme. I enjoyed the chance to exchange ideas during the workshops with colleagues from other subjects, and it has given me a welcome opportunity to reflect on my own teaching practice, and to think about how best I can support the learning of students in the Maths Institute and at Balliol. 



You can find out more about Dr Neale's work on her website.

Dr Gemma Tidman is a Supernumerary Teaching Fellow in French at St John's College.

gemma tidman

The PGCert course offered me the chance to reflect on my teaching practices, to learn from others, and to engage with the latest research on teaching in higher education. I’m already using many of the tools and techniques that I discovered. I’d thoroughly recommend the course to anyone looking for a space to think, collectively and critically, about what we do in our classrooms and why. 

You can find out more about Dr Tidman's work on her website


Dr Lisa Mullen is a Teaching Associate in Modern and Contemporary Literature and Film, and a Bye Fellow and Director of Studies at Downing College, Cambridge. She was a Junior Research Fellow at Worcester College, Oxford while undertaking her PGCert.

lisa mullen

The PGCert was a wonderful opportunity to develop my teaching philosophy, and a valuable chance to share good practice across disciplinary boundaries. Understanding current research in teaching and learning has helped me to refine my skills and to think about how my work and my values can inform my pedagogy - especially important in these uncertain times.


You can find out more about Dr Mullen's work on her website

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