Awards: UNSW Science staff honoured for teaching excellence

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Friday, 15 September, 2017
Leilah schubert

For their innovative and inspiring approaches to student learning, Dr Pramod Koshy and Dr Daniel Mansfield have been recognised with awards for teaching excellence.

Dr Koshy, of the School of Materials Science and Engineering, was one of four UNSW staff who received national awards at the 2017 Australian Awards for University Teaching ceremony, held at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney on Thursday.

In a statement, Education Minister Simon Birmingham said: "The Turnbull Government is proud of the strength of the higher education sector, but it's only made possible thanks to the dedication and professionalism of our university educators, some of whom we recognise through these citations."

The awards recognise and reward university educators who have made significant contributions to the quality of student learning over a sustained period. Nationally, 89 Citations were awarded across 32 universities.

Dr Koshy was recognised for "the development and implementation of a teaching strategy of complementary content and style to enhance student learning in multidisciplinary science (academic) and engineering (industrial)". He teaches Design with Advanced Ceramics, and Polymer Science and Engineering. He won the UNSW Vice-Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence in 2015 and the Faculty of Science Excellence in Teaching Award in 2014.

The other UNSW national award winners are Associate Professor Gigi Foster of the UNSW Business School, Dr Lauren Kark of UNSW Engineering and Dr Louisa Smith of UNSW Arts and Social Sciences.

Professor Merlin Crossley, UNSW Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), and Professor Geoff Crisp, UNSW Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education), attended the ceremony and congratulated the UNSW award winners. 

"These awards shine a spotlight on exceptional teaching staff and showcase the outstanding educational experiences available to UNSW students," Professor Crossley said.

2017 KPMG Inspiring Teacher Award in a First Year Undergraduate Program at UNSW

Professor Geoff Crisp has also announced a new award, sponsored by KPMG, acknowledging the most inspiring teacher for students enrolled in a first-year undergraduate program.

Dr Daniel Mansfield from the School of Mathematics and Statistics is the inaugural recipient. UNSW students enrolled in undergraduate maths courses voted Dr Mansfield as their most inspirational teacher in their first year of undergraduate study.

Dr Mansfield featured in the media recently with Associate Professor Norman Wildberger for their discovery that a 3700-year-old Babylonian clay tablet contains the world’s oldest and most accurate trigonometric table.