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University of Leeds Teaching Awards 2023 winners announced 

Celebrating Excellence

The winners of the 2023 University of Leeds Teaching Awards have been announced. 

In their third year, these prestigious accolades are a celebration of excellent practice in student education, as well as the work and innovation of colleagues to deliver high-quality teaching and learning at Leeds.

The panel of judges was incredibly impressed by the level of applications received and the impact demonstrated by colleagues. Both individual and collaborative innovation and contribution has been recognised in this year’s awards, with applications received from across the University.

Professor Jeff Grabill, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Student Education, said: “I’m delighted to congratulate the winners of our 2023 University of Leeds Teaching Awards. These awards provide us with the opportunity to identify and recognise individual and collaborative excellence in student education.

“Our community of colleagues who teach and support learning are at the heart of our endeavour to provide transformative and research-based educational experiences. It has been fantastic to hear about the work and innovation of our winners and to see the extraordinary contributions made by staff across the institution. They truly help to create an inspiring, challenging and supportive environment for our students to achieve their ambitions.

“As in previous years, we received a great range of high-quality applications and I’d like to thank everyone involved. Being able to take the time to identify, recognise and reward our colleagues is an important and collegial way to build community, and I look forward to celebrating with everyone at the awards event in September.”


A full list of winners appears below, and you can find out more by exploring their profiles on the Organisational Development and Professional Learning (OD&PL) Student Education Development website.

Each of our winners receives a grant to support professional development or scholarship, a certificate of recognition and an invitation to the celebratory event in September.

Early Career Excellence

  • Dr Katie Gathercole – School of Education, Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Dr Madeleine Le Bourdon – School of Politics and International Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences

Sustained Excellence

  • Dr Pam Birtill – School of Psychology, Faculty of Medicine and Health
  • Dr Steve Montagu-Cairns – School of Law, Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Hayley Whitefoot – Digital Education Service / Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Early-Stage Collaborative Excellence

  • Baines Family Tree Project – Dr Gabriel Jones, Lisa Forbes-Grant, Kate Phillips, Daniel Ward, Faith Kennedy, Dr Claire Cooper, David Woodcock, School of Healthcare, Faculty of Medicine and Health / Digital Education Service
  • Dr Louise Pears, Dr Madeleine Le Bourdon, Dr Marine Guéguin and Dr Harrison Swinhoe – School of Politics and International Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences

Sustained Collaborative Excellence

  • Lucy Hamilton and Hayley Whitefoot, on behalf of Teaching and Learning Enhancement NeTwork (TALENT) – Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences / Digital Education Enhancement
  • Dr Vas Ponnambalam, Professor Aysha Divan and Dr Mike Harrison – School of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Faculty of Biological Sciences