Education Awards: PGCert Portfolio Prize

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New in 2020, the Vice-Chancellor’s Education Awards celebrate high-quality education across the collegiate University - recognising new and innovative approaches to teaching, and the steps being taken to further students' educational experience at Oxford.

The PGCert Portfolio Prize is part of the Education Awards.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (PGCert) is a University of Oxford degree award programme which is only open to staff who are teaching at Oxford. 

The PGCert Portfolio Prize is presented to the participants in each cohort scoring the highest grade in their teaching portfolio.

PGCert Portfolio Prize 2020 and 2021

We are very pleased to announce that the following outstanding teachers were awarded the PGCert Portfolio Prize in 2020 and 2021.

Dr Lisa Mullen

Dr Lisa Mullen is a Teaching Associate in Modern and Contemporary Literature and Film, and a Bye Fellow and Director of Studies at Downing College, Cambridge. She was a Junior Research Fellow at Worcester College, Oxford while undertaking her PGCert.

You can find out more about Dr Mullen's work on her website

lisa mullen

The PGCert was a wonderful opportunity to develop my teaching philosophy, and a valuable chance to share good practice across disciplinary boundaries. Understanding current research in teaching and learning has helped me to refine my skills and to think about how my work and my values can inform my pedagogy - especially important in these uncertain times.


Dr Vicky Neale

Dr Vicky Neale is the Whitehead Lecturer at Oxford's Mathematical Institute and Supernumerary Fellow at Balliol College.

You can find out more about Dr Neale's work on her website.

vicky neale

I'm really glad I had the opportunity to do the PGCert programme. I enjoyed the chance to exchange ideas during the workshops with colleagues from other subjects, and it has given me a welcome opportunity to reflect on my own teaching practice, and to think about how best I can support the learning of students in the Maths Institute and at Balliol. 


Dr Gemma Tidman

Dr Gemma Tidman is a Supernumerary Teaching Fellow in French at St John's College.

You can find out more about Dr Tidman's work on her website

gemma tidman

The PGCert course offered me the chance to reflect on my teaching practices, to learn from others, and to engage with the latest research on teaching in higher education. I’m already using many of the tools and techniques that I discovered. I’d thoroughly recommend the course to anyone looking for a space to think, collectively and critically, about what we do in our classrooms and why. 


Dr Katy Clough

katy Clough

Katy's portfolio was an outstanding piece of reflective, scholarly writing in which she critically evaluated teaching practices at Oxford. In particular, the course review and course design elements of the portfolio showed an exemplary level of understanding of effective educational practice.

Katy’s research focuses on numerical solutions to Einstein’s theory of General Relativity, in cosmological and astrophysical contexts. She teaches General Relativity to undergraduate physics students and gives graduate lectures on Numerical Relativity. She is passionate about helping students develop physical intuition in this counterintuitive topic, and making the link to current research applications.


Dr Sally Anne Shiels

sally anne shiels

Sally's portfolio submission, which included Panopto recordings, was an outstanding piece of work in which Sally presented detailed, scholarly analyses of various developments in medical education. In particular, the focus on articulating inclusive teaching practice in support of student diversity was exemplary.

Sally is an Education Fellow at OxSTaR (Oxford Simulation Teaching and Research) in NDCN and Anaesthetic Registrar at OUH. Her areas of teaching focus on the use of virtual reality simulation in medical decision-making for medical students, multi-professional team training on airway emergencies and the use of appreciative inquiry in patient and staff safety.


Dr Emily X. X. Tan

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Emily's portfolio was an outstanding submission and showed how an in-depth understanding of interpersonal dimensions of teaching have enabled Emily to adopt successful innovations in teaching practices to benefit students' learning.

Emily is currently a lecturer in music at Magdalen and Queen’s. She teaches analysis, nineteenth- and twentieth-century history topics, and critical issues in the discipline to undergraduate students.

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