Leanne Williams - WATE Award Winner
We are delighted to announce that Leanne Williams, one of 2 Teaching Fellows in the School of Life Sciences, has been awarded one of 5 Warwick Awards for Teaching Excellence (WATE) this year. Leanne received the award at the Summer Graduation Ceremony and has been awarded £5000 to enhance her teaching practice. This is a significant achievement and the first award received by a Life Scientist for a number of years.
Leanne’s nomination combined supporting statements from students and from academic staff, who have worked with Leanne and observed her teaching, who recognised Leanne as an outstanding teacher and role model for students. Leanne brings unique experience to Life Sciences. Drawing on her experience teaching in an inner-city Further Education college she believes that any student can learn given the right environment, challenges and opportunities. She is patient and willing to give time to support those students who struggle and need reassurance. Leanne also applies this belief to her widening participation work with local schools. Over the past 2 years she has worked to build relationships with local schools, developing links with teachers, speaking at school assemblies and running lessons. Leanne also runs the Life Sciences Summer School each year, a week during which groups of 40-50 AS level students visit SLS to experience life in the department and carry out work in the labs. She was a core part of the team that brought the British Biology Olympiad finals to the University this year.
Fruit discovery could provide new treatments for obesity, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease
• Two compounds found in red grapes and oranges combined could treat diseases
• Improvement in insulin resistance similar to bariatric surgery but achieved three times faster
• More effective at lowering blood sugar level in obese trial participants than diabetes drug Metformin
A combination of two compounds found in red grapes and oranges could be used to improve the health of people with diabetes, and reduce cases of obesity and heart disease.
The find has been made by University of Warwick researchers who now hope that their discovery will be developed to provide a treatment for patients.