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Geography and Environmental Science

Geography academic celebrates receiving teaching award for second time

Published: 15 July 2013

Lecturer of Human Geography Kate Boyer is celebrating after being awarded the Mike Clark teaching award for the second time.

The award is made annually to a member of staff in Geography and Environment and recognises innovation in the field of teaching.

Kate first received the award back in 2008 and is delighted to have won the award again this year.

"I am delighted to have been selected to receive the Mike Clark teaching award a second time. I have worked hard over the years to develop my pedagogical practice so as to enable our students to develop to their full intellectual potential. It is very gratifying to see this work recognised and valued by the University," she said.

Kate teaches undergraduate students, supervises postgraduate students and her primary area of expertise is feminist geography. As part of her selection she was sponsored by a student who wrote to the judging committee in support of her.

In her statement student Holly Broomfield said: "I particularly enjoy Kate’s teaching style. She includes her students in the lecture, encourages us to ask questions and varies the content throughout the lecture. Kate’s enthusiasm during the Amsterdam field course was infectious and her evening classes were thought-provoking.

"Revision for Kate’s classes is always easy as she incorporates memory jogs to theories. I am sure I will remember Iris Young’s Throwing like a Girl for the rest of my life. The rugby-playing boys in our year attempting to walk in high heels to demonstrate the theory was simply unforgettable. It is thought such as this that goes into preparing Kate’s lectures that makes her such a popular teacher," she added.

Kate received a £1,000 financial prize for winning the award.

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