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Blizard Institute academic wins President and Principal’s Prize

Dr Andrew Durham, Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Science, is awarded a President and Principal’s Prize for his third-year module: Engaging the Public in Science.

Colin Bailey at the Education Excellence Awards

This was the fourth year in which the awards have been held and there were almost 50 nominations received. For the first time, the awards recognised staff based outside of the University’s three Faculties, following a year in which the entire Queen Mary community worked tirelessly to make a difference.

The ceremony saw Professor Colin Bailey, President and Principal, and Professor Stephanie Marshall, Vice-Principal (Education) highlight our staff’s significant efforts furthering the commitments to excellence in education and the student experience.

The challenges brought on by Covid-19 introduced the need for imaginative solutions in delivering education – which Queen Mary staff met superbly. For example, Queen Mary’s development and delivering of mixed-mode education enabled a seamless educational experience in the face of disruption and attracted much interest from outside the University. The work over the last year has also helped Queen Mary make significant strides towards meeting the ambitious targets set in its 2030 Strategy.

In a year of outstanding nominations from across the University, the Blizard Institute is proud to see a member of our faculty recognised among the winners. Dr Andrew Durham, Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Science, is awarded a President and Principal’s Prize. The award recognises the design, development and implementation of a new final year project module ‘Engaging the public with science’ for students within the SBBS and shared SMD/SBBS programmes. This module provides students with the opportunity to co-create, develop and run actual public engagement programmes which have had positive impact on the local and wider community. Andrew has developed partnerships and collaborations within Queen Mary and external partners to provide students with excellent placements and supervisors that have a positive impact on their education and engagement. 

Professor Colin Bailey, President and Principal, Queen Mary University of London, said: “I would like to congratulate everyone who was nominated for an award tonight. Everyone who has been nominated is working hard to deliver excellence in education, which made the task of choosing this year’s recipients as difficult as ever.

“I am proud to see so many excellent examples of Queen Mary’s commitment to providing the very best for its students. We are fortunate to have such passionate and talented staff, without whom none of this would be achievable.”

Stephanie Marshall, Vice-Principal (Education) at Queen Mary University of London said: “Once again there were an incredibly strong set of nominations this year.

“It was pleasing to see so many outstanding contributions that further our reputation as an educationally excellent and innovative institution. Our staff have, as ever, gone the extra mile to provide students with a superb learning environment and make Queen Mary a better place, for which we are extremely grateful. Everyone at the University congratulates those we are celebrating tonight.”



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