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Chancellor's Award for Teaching

Dr Angus Bancroft (Sociology) wins the University of Edinburgh Chancellor's Award for Teaching 2015.

For the second year running, teaching excellence in SPS has been recognised; Professor Elizabeth Bomberg won the Chancellor’s Award for Teaching in 2014.

Professor Fiona Mackay, who nominated Dr Bancroft, said:

"Angus has long been recognised as an innovative and inspirational teacher across Ordinary, Honours, PG Taught and PG Research levels, and is an enthusiastic champion of technology-enhanced learning and teaching. We are very proud of his achievements."

Dr Bancroft was presented with the 2015 award - which is designed to 'honour a colleague who has recently enhanced the University's teaching reputation through a significant contribution to improving or invigorating student learning at any level'- at a ceremonial dinner with The Princess Royal. 

He said, "I am very proud to be recognised for the part of my job that means the most to me. It is a great honour and I could not have done it without the support of my colleagues in Sociology and SPS who have given me encouragement and support. We are very luck at Edinburgh to have the latitude to take risks and expand our teaching into new areas, and have students who are willing to go with us on the journey."

Angus has implemented numerous types of innovative teaching over the past few years. Examples of this include peer-led courses, the use of multi-media teaching materials, the use of social media as a collaborative learning tool and the introduction of student-created podcasts. He has also actively involved students in research projects such as his work on pre-drinking and women’s alcohol consumption.

Speaking of the award, Dr Nick Prior (Head of Sociology) said:

“This is a terrific achievement for Angus and one that justly reflects his capabilities as an inspirational and innovative teacher. Keeping the content and delivery of course materials fresh and exciting is always a challenge, but Angus does this every year and it clearly enriches the student learning experience. He is a generous and encouraging teacher who goes the extra mile in ensuring that students are an integral and valued part of the community of scholars we have within SPS."

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