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Dr Katharine Hubbard – Winner of the 2016 HE Bioscience Teacher of the Year Award.

We are delighted to announce that Katharine Hubbard is the winner of the 2016 HE Bioscience Teacher of the Year Award.

Dr Katharine Hubbard, Lecturer at the University of Hull School of Biological, Biomedical and Environmental Sciences is the winner of the 2016 HE Bioscience Teacher of the Year Award. Katharine was named as the winner during the Heads of University Biosciences (HUBS) Spring Meeting. The Royal Society of Biology offers the annual award to teachers who have shown an outstanding contribution to higher education in the biosciences. The scheme rewards lecturers who have developed innovative and inspirational teaching methods, as well as undertaken professional development and supported colleagues.

Chair of the judging panel, Peter Heathcote FRSB, professor of biochemistry at Queen Mary University of London said, “In a competitive field Katharine impressed the judges with both her enthusiasm for student-centred teaching, and her work with four undergraduate interns to prepare questions and videos to improve the student experience of first year practicals. This is a significant problem for universities, as students arrive with a very diverse range of experience and knowledge of practical teaching.”

Katharine was absolutely delighted to win the award, “To have my teaching recognised in this way is fantastic, and I am so thankful to all the students I have worked with – they are at the heart of everything I do and I couldn’t have won without them”

One of Katharine’s first year students commented “Katharine approached lectures with an energy and passion to teach like no other. We all felt like she personally cared that everyone in the room achieved their absolute best.”

Of the three finalists this year two were from the School of Biological, Biomedical and Environmental Sciences. Dr Lesley Morrell, a senior lecturer in evolutionary biology also received high praise from the judging panel for her case study on enhancing feedback.

For more information about our finalists, visit