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Sustainability Action Chair wins higher education 'Oscar'

Published: 28 November 2013

Simon Kemp, Chair of the Sustainability Action Programme, has been named 'Most Innovative Teacher of the Year' by the Times Higher Education (THE) magazine.

Simon is a Principle Teaching Fellow in the Centre for Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Engineering and the Environment. Students and colleagues alike have recognised that Simon is a passionate and commited educator. In 2010, he was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship and he is currently the national Academic Lead in Education for Sustainable Development for the Higher Education Academy.

The THE award was given in recognition of Simon's innovative approach to teaching, in particular placing students in high-pressure, real-life business situations. Under Simon's supervision, students are asked to conduct environmental audits for major Southampton organisations, including Skandia Insurance WestQuay Shopping Centre. Through this imaginative teaching, students have worked with nearly 100 local organisations, helping them to improve their environmental credentials.

On receiving the award, Simon said "I am absolutely delighted to win such a prestigious award! I am passionate about my teaching and I always seek to provide a rich and rewarding learning experience for our students."

Read more about the award and the University response to Simon's success.

Engaging staff with students

Read Simon's Guardian article discussing 'why have academics been so slow to work with students on sustainability?'

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