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Overall Outstanding Lecturer, Highly commended: Dr. Ian Harding, Ocean and Earth Sciences

Published: 2 May 2013
2013 Excellence in Teaching Awards

The University of Southampton Students’ Union, recently held its first ever Excellence in Teaching Awards, giving students the opportunity to highlight, recognise, and celebrate their favourite lecturers. We are very pleased to announce that Dr. Ian Harding, from Ocean and Earth Science, was 'Highly Commended' in the ‘Overall Outstanding Lecturer’ category and came second overall.

Overall Outstanding Lecturer, Highly Commended
Ian Harding acceptance speech

The Outstanding Lecturer Award was the most highly regarded award and was voted for by the students Dr. Ian Harding teaches every day. In the nominations his lectures were described as ‘Vibrant, dynamic and to the point. Motivating his students to work hard on their course work’.  He was described by his students as, ‘Someone whose enthusiasm shines through and has the ability to interest students regardless of subject’.

Furthermore, Ian was described in nominations as, ‘An amazing lecturer, he always tries to involve everyone in the lectures and the practicals. He is organised, gives you hand-outs that help summarise the lectures in a different way to the presentation. If you need help understanding something he is always there to give it. His enthusiasm for his subject shines through and makes you feel the same too.’

This award truly represents Ian’s outstanding commitment to delivering a high quality, engaging, learning experience for the students at National Oceanography Centre, Southampton. It also recognises his enthusiasm and passion for teaching, ensuring his students an intellectually challenging experience that motivates and inspires.


Overall Outstanding Lecturer, Highly Commended
Ian Harding receiving his award

On receiving the award Ian said ‘I find the job extremely rewarding and I think trying to challenge the students on a daily basis is really what makes it all worthwhile. As long as you can show enthusiasm and passion for your own subject, I think it conveys itself to the students you teach'.

Ian was nominated across all categories showing the high regard his students have for the teaching experience they enjoy with him.  See Ian accepting his award at the ceremony below. Ian features at 0:51.02

In total there were 670 nominations from students (undergraduates, postgraduates, and even alumni), with 370 unique lecturers nominated across 5 awards: Overall Outstanding Lecturer, Best Innovative Teaching, Best Feedback Provision, Best Academic Support, and Honorary Lifetime Achievement - the criteria for which can be found here.

A full list of Course, Faculty & University winners can be found here. The Excellence in Teaching Awards will be returning next year - so keep an eye out for nominations!

The following lecturers from Ocean and Earth Science were also nominated across the five categories:

Outstanding Lecturer:
Damon Teagle - Ocean and Earth Science
Darren Naish - Ocean and Earth Science
Ian Harding - Ocean and Earth Science
Jon Copley - Ocean and Earth Science
Kevin Oliver - Ocean and Earth Science
Nicholas Harmon - Ocean and Earth Science
Simon Boxall - Ocean and Earth Science

Innovative teaching:
Ian Harding - Ocean and Earth Science
Jon Copley - Ocean and Earth Science

Best Feedback Provision:
Eelco Rohling - Ocean and Earth Science
Ian Harding - Ocean and Earth Science
Paul Wilson - Ocean and Earth Science

Contribution to Academic Support:
Ian Harding - Ocean and Earth Science
Martin Sinha - Ocean and Earth Science

Teaching and Learning Lifetime Achievement:
Ian Harding - Ocean and Earth Science
Jon Copley - Ocean and Earth Science

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