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National teaching award for Gender Institute lecturer

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Dr Clare Hemmings| of LSE's Gender Institute was named today, 2 July, as one of only 50 people to receive a National Teaching Fellowship for their excellence in teaching.

The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme| (NTFS) recognises and rewards teachers and learning support staff in higher education in England and Northern Ireland for their excellence in teaching.

The 50 individual award winners for 2007, chosen from 223 nominations submitted by higher education institutions across England and Northern Ireland, will each receive awards of £10,000 to support learning and teaching activities.

Liz Barnett, head of LSE's Teaching and Learning Centre, said: 'Many congratulations to Clare. She is an inspirational teacher, much respected by her students and colleagues. Her national and international reputation in teaching excellence is considerable - this is a real bonus for LSE.'

Dr Hemmings also won an LSE award this year for her teaching. In the Lent term, the School and LSE Students' Union piloted a new LSE Teaching Excellence Award scheme. The SU contacted all students and asked them to nominate teachers who they felt had:

  • stimulated their interest and enthusiasm for the subject
  • stimulated independent and critical learning
  • organised course materials in ways that promoted learning
  • provided useful feedback
  • demonstrated their command of the subject and their ability to enable students to engage with current and developing thinking in their field of study
  • demonstrated their ability to respond to the diverse needs of students

Nominations required at least seven referees, each of whom provided detailed comments on the above criteria. Students said of Dr Hemmings: 'Clare expects a lot which motivates everyone and leads to brilliant classes.' 'Inspiring.' 'Very inclusive.' 'I was struck by her charisma, sensitivity, eloquence, knowledge and ability to engage her students and make them think.' 'Leads by example. Knowledgeable yet completely humble.' 'Formidable command of her subject.'

The Fellows will receive their awards at a ceremony and dinner in London on 19 September.



The other four winners of the LSE and SU teaching awards were Dr Rita Astuti, Anthropology; Gabriele Birnberg, Government; Manuel Palazuelos, Economics; and Dr Daniel Sturm, Government. See News&Views for coverage about them.

Click here| for more on the NTFS.

Press cuttings

In celebration of the art of pedagogy: The winners of the National Teaching Fellowships, 2007 (6 July)
Amongst the winners is DR Clare Hemmings, senior lecturer in gender studies at LSE.

2 July 2007