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Innovative lecturer recognised at Times Higher Education Awards 2016

Published: 25 November 2016
James Wilson sitting at a desk

Mental Health lecturer, James Wilson, has been recognised for his unique teaching style through a nomination for ‘Most Innovative Teacher of the Year’ at the Times Higher Education (THE) Awards 2016, held in London on Thursday 24 November.

Wilson’s nomination comes directly from his development of a ‘Clickers Theatre’, whereby students are invited to take control of a live situation being acted out on stage, using a response system – or ‘clicker’. Doing so enables students to prepare themselves for difficult situations they may encounter in their future occupations whilst imparting a deeper understanding for empathy and professional responsibility.

Within Health Sciences, Wilson’s work been valued by students and staff alike and support for him has been resolute, since the announcement of his nomination.

“We are very proud that James was nominated for this prestigious award” said Prof. Mandy Fader, Dean of Health Sciences. “James is an outstanding educator and his innovative approaches have inspired, delighted and challenged our students in equal measure.”

Delighted with his recognition at the awards evening, Wilson commented saying “It was a humbling privilege to be considered as one of the top innovators in the Higher Education sector. I wish to pay tribute to those who have personally invested in the work over the years either as a contributor or participant. It is not possible to innovate alone. Co-producing the interactive theatre projects has been a joy because for me it has built strong relationships, demonstrated clear impact while bringing people together to analyse and illuminate the human experience. This award confirms a passionate belief in the power of theatre to make significant positive contributions to Higher Education.”

The Times Higher Education (THE) Awards are open to all UK higher education institutions and recognise achievements across 20 categories.

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