Historian wins Most Innovative Teacher of the Year award

25 November 2016

Canterbury Christ Church University historian Dr Sara Wolfson has won the Most Innovative Teacher of the Year award at the Times Higher Education (THE) awards.

The THE awards, which have been described as the ‘Oscars of UK Higher Education’, reward academics whose imagination and passion have transformed a course and inspired students. The awards are open to academics in all UK higher education institutions and Dr Wolfson was chosen from hundreds of nominees.

Dr Wolfson is a Senior Lecturer in Early Modern History and won the award for her innovative use of workshops rather than traditional lectures on her courses in order to keep undergraduates engaged. She has also made changes to assessment to take account of students’ academic citizenship.

Dr Wolfson said: “I am honoured to be the recipient of the THE Most Innovative Teacher of the Year Award. This affirms my belief that helping students make sense of material in a creative and interactive manner should be at the heart of academic learning, where the focus is on developing the whole person.

"The award is reflective of how innovative teaching methods help to shape the individual student experience, while maintaining the rigour of academic study. I am very grateful to everyone at Canterbury Christ Church University for their support." 

Winners were chosen by a panel of judges including Alison Johns, Chief Executive of the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, Joanna Newman, Vice-Principal (international), King’s College London, and Malia Bouattia, President of the National Union of Students. The judges said: “Sara demonstrated how engagement with students had assisted her own evaluation of practice, which led to further development and professional progress. This approach has had an impact beyond the course and discipline, and fed into graduate attributes and an employability module.”

Notes to Editor

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With 17,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 95% of our UK undergraduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.

*2013/14 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey


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