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Success for Elizabeth Jones in the Warwick Awards for Teaching Excellence

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Success for Elizabeth Jones in the Warwick Awards for Teaching Excellence

Professorial Teaching Fellow Elizabeth Jones, has been awarded the Warwick Award for Teaching Excellence (WATE) at the Learning and Teaching Showcase 2017.

Elizabeth was one of five main winners at this year’s annual event that provides a platform to celebrate the many ways the University encourages and inspires learning. This year, the theme was learning communities. Learning communities involve people learning through and from collaboration and socially constructing knowledge. This can happen at all levels, involve anyone, and take many shapes.

On winning the award, Elizabeth said:

I was really pleased to have been nominated for a teaching award and am delighted that I have been successful in winning one of the WATE prizes. Teaching is what I love to do and so it’s fantastic to have been recognised for my contribution and impact in this area, particularly given my nomination by a Professor in another Department. These awards highlight the value that Warwick places on teaching and it’s so fantastic that so many people were nominated and recognised for their teaching and contribution. I feel very privileged that my teaching has been recognised in these ways, and I am eager to share my experiences with others.;

The Head of Department, Professor Jeremy Smith, said:

I am delighted at Elizabeth being named as a winner for the Warwick Awards for Teaching Excellence; it is truly well-deserved. In the time I have got to know her, it is clear that her teaching is driven by a love of the subject, a desire to communicate it to others, a concern for students, and an open friendliness and generosity that she demonstrates to all people with whom she interacts.

Elizabeth is currently the Director of Undergraduate Studies and Chair of the Undergraduate Studies Committee in the Faculty of Social Sciences and a WIHEA Foundation Fellow. She specialises in teaching microeconomics to students on single and joint Honours Degrees, but also delivers a large module primarily to Warwick Business School students.

Elizabeth was nominated by Professor Peter Corvi, who described her as one of the most forward-thinking and innovative teachers he had encountered, noting that he had lost count of the number of times he had heard students mention her enthusiastic and engaging teaching style, together with the number of superlatives used to describe Elizabeth’s teaching.

She has been recognised for her engagement and innovation within teaching and the commitment that she continuously shows to her students’ development, as well as the support that she provides to her colleagues within the Department and the wider institution.

Her WATE submission outlined the varied resources and approaches that she uses to enhance her teaching and in turn the student experience, and the impact she has had in developing teaching and learning strategies within the Department and across the institution. She will be presented with her WATE prize at the Economics Graduation Ceremony.