Dr David Martin a senior lecturer from the D'Arcy Thompson Unit in the School is one of three individuals shortlisted for Higher Education Bioscience Teacher of the Year 2019 by the Royal Society of Biology (RSB). The award recognises teachers who have shown an outstanding contribution to higher education in the biosciences.
After contributing to a diverse range of projects including malaria, sleeping sickness and potato genomes, David was appointed lecturer and has been teaching full time since 2014. He has a diverse range of interests including bat population genetics and building educational gadgets. His teaching has won institutional awards for his innovative student centred approach to data analysis skills and bioinformatics.
Dr Mark Downs CSci FRSB, chief executive of the Royal Society of Biology said, “Congratulations to the three finalists shortlisted for this year’s award. The shortlisted individuals have displayed a dedication and passion for teaching, through their innovative and considered teaching practices. The RSB recognises the importance of celebrating those who are outstanding in their field, not only to reward those who are exceptional at what they do, but to also inspire others and help build a network of experts who can share ideas and best practice.”
The winner will be announced at the inaugural HUBS Annual Meeting on 30 April – 1 May 2019, and will receive the Ed Wood Memorial Prize of £1,000 to spend as they wish, £250 worth of Oxford University Press books, and one year’s free membership to the Society. The remaining finalists will receive £150 and one year’s free membership to the Society. The three finalists will now each prepare and present a case study on their teaching methodology and practice, followed by an interview by the judging panel in March.