Thursday, 07 October 2010
One of the University of Worcester’s longest serving members of staff has won a prestigious teaching award.
Dr Andrew Hale, Senior Lecturer in Economics, has won the Economics Network’s Outstanding Learning and Teaching Award.
Dr Hale joined the University in 1982 as a lecturer on the PGCE course and Economics and Combined Studies degree.
“Things have changed dramatically in my time here,” he said. “And although the teaching has changed, and the volumes of students are higher, I still love my job. I enjoy the variety of students, both international and British, and talking to them about the historical and political economic context within their own nations. I get inspired by my students.”
Dr Hale added: “I was really shocked to receive this award. I knew I had been nominated but I certainly never expected to win.”
Dr Hale was nominated by Tim Maxfield, Director of Business Development at the University of Worcester.
Mr Maxfield said: “During his time at the University, Andrew has been one of the leading advocates of student-centred learning within the Business School, and particularly in his use of e-learning. He was one of the first users of internet conferencing within the institution and followed this with creative use of the Virtual Learning Environment.
“I felt that a nomination for the Learning and Teaching award offered through the Economics Network was a great way of getting some recognition for Andrew, and for highlighting some of the innovative learning and teaching approaches in use within the Business School at Worcester.”
Dr Hale added: “Tim was one of my first students on the PGCE course all those years ago, so I’ve known him a long time. I’m really honoured that he put me forward for this award.”
Dr Hale has also won the Students' Recognition Award for Promoting Learning at the University of Worcester after students voted his module 'The Contemporary Global Systems module' the most inspiring within Worcester Business School.