Teaching Award for Department’s Teaching and Design Engineer

Congratulations to Mr Eric Peasley, the Department’s Teaching and Design Engineer, who has just been announced as one of six winners of Oxford University’s Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division’s (MPLS) Teaching Awards. In addition to academic staff, Award winners include a number of administrative and support staff who are recognised for their contributions to the success of University courses.

The Oxford University Teaching Awards recognise all kinds of work to engage students and help them learn, from creating new courses to innovative use of audio and video podcasts and the delivery of exceptional lectures and demonstrations.

Eric PeasleyEric Peasley (pictured on the left), who joined the Department of Engineering Science in 1982, has been awarded an ‘Individual Award’. With over 30 years of dedicated service, Eric has enhanced and periodically taken innovative steps in laboratory-based teaching underpinning the MEng course options in electronics and software programming. The Mobile Robots laboratory is the most striking example of his innovation in laboratory teaching. This laboratory has been a flagship exercise for our students and an inspiration to visitors attending open days and other outreach events. What is remarkable is that Eric designed the robot platforms himself many years before commercially equivalent systems became available.

Many of this year’s Teaching Awards were made following feedback from undergraduates, graduates and members of staff who singled out the special contribution of those involved in promoting the highest standards of teaching and learning.

The MPLS Divisional Teaching Award Scheme celebrates success, and recognises and rewards excellence in teaching. Awards are available to all those who teach, including graduate students, postdoctoral researchers and learning support staff. The Teaching Award Scheme is administered by the MPLS Divisional Office and awards are made, on merit, across the departments by a cross-departmental panel chaired by the Associate Head of Division (Academic).

The 2016 MPLS teaching awards were announced by Professor Robert Taylor (Associate Head of Division (Academic)) last week (12 July) as part of the MPLS Summer Reception. The categories were as follows:

  • Project Award: this award was intended to encourage innovative, high-quality proposals for projects related to teaching.  The winner received £3000 towards their project.
  • Individual Awards: five awards were given for excellence in teaching.  These awards are unfunded.

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