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James de Winter: best lecturer award

Published: 18 May 2020

The results of the CUSU-led student teaching awards were announced online earlier this month. The winner of the award for the best lecturer was James de Winter – Affiliated Lecturer in Science Education at Cambridge University Faculty of Education and Ogden lead for initial teacher education & early career teacher development.

The awards allow students to show their appreciation for the hard work, enthusiasm and expertise of teaching and support staff across the whole of Cambridge University.

Amongst the glowing testimonies, students commented on James’ genuine and infectious enthusiasm for science teaching, his expertise and hugely engaging presentations, activities and discussions; his scholarly insight, academic rigour and unerring commitment to everyone he teaches: “a special and quite unique member of staff.”

“It would be difficult to match the effusive and much deserved praise that James received from his PGCE students in receiving this award,” says Clare Harvey, Chief Executive of The Ogden Trust. “He has been a fantastic support and source of expertise to the Trust for many years; always delivering wise, thoughtful guidance with a generosity of spirit. His enthusiasm and passion for physics education has informed and encouraged the development of several of our programmes. His commitment to educating the next generation of science teachers bodes well for the future. We are delighted that he has been recognised with this university-wide award,” concludes Clare.

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