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The University's Best Course

EUSA Teaching Awards 2011

Social Anthropology's "Ethnography: Theory and Practice" has won the Best Course prize in this year's Edinburgh University Students' Association Teaching Awards.

In another of the eleven EUSA Awards categories - Best Director of Studies - Social Policy's Dr Paul Norris was Runner-Up in a category with many hundreds of potential nominees across the University.

"Ethnography: Theory and Practice", a course for 2nd year undergraduates, is led by Professor Jonathan Spencer, with a team including Natalie Konopinski, Jennifer Curtis, Koreen Reece, and May Rutherford.

It was developed with funding from the University of Edinburgh's Principal's Teaching Award Scheme, which encourages enhancements to learning at the University. The successful proposal for Scheme funding was led by Lotte Hoek.

The EUSA Teaching Awards programme is wholly created, and run, by Edinburgh students. It has grown increasingly competitive since its creation in 2009. To date, each year has seen 1,000 more nominations than the previous year, with students making over 5,000 nominations for 2011.

Previous wins for SSPS include:

  • 2010 Ian Campbell Award for Teaching in Humanities and Social Sciences: Dr Dimitri Tsintjilonis, Social Anthropology
  •  2010 Innovative Teaching Methods: Dr Mark Aspinwall, Politics and International Relations
  •  2009 Overall High Performer: Dr Elizabeth Bomberg, Politics and International Relations
More on the EUSA Teaching Awards can be found at

And on the Principal's Teaching Award Scheme at

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