Four academics from the Department of Geography and Environment have been recognised for their outstanding contributions at the annual LSE Teaching Symposium. Dr Carmen Marchiori received a Major Review Award from the School, while Dr Antoine Paccoud, Dr Alice Evans and Dr Richard Perkins were recognised in the Student Led Teaching Excellence Awards.
Major Review Awards are given to academic staff whose individual performance from the start of contract through to Major Review is judged to be outstanding. The Teaching Excellence Awards are run by the Students' Union, and enable students to define the meaning of excellent teaching and show how it's possible for everyone at LSE to achieve this.
Dr Antoine Paccoud, LSE Fellow in Human Geography, was selected ahead of over 460 nominees to win the Award for Inspirational Teaching. The most contested of the five award categories, students can nominate any LSE teacher who 'is really charismatic, drives you to learn more, challenges your perceptions and encourages you to apply your knowledge to the wider world'. Clearly it was a strong year for the Department in terms of Inspirational Teaching, as Dr Alice Evans was Highly Commended in the same category.
Meanwhile, Dr Richard Perkins was Highly Commended in the Excellent Welfare and Pastoral Support category, reflecting his interest in student welfare that extends beyond the classroom and into his role as warden on one of LSE's Halls of Residence. In this category students were asked to select 'someone who cares about your personal welfare, is a constant point of support and has been able to signpost you to appropriate support services'.
High quality teaching is integral to the learning environment in the Department, and we are particularly pleased to have our staff recognised for their efforts.