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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


Chemical Engineering Professor Receives SAGE Best Paper Prize

Congratulations to Professor Meihong Wang, Professor of Process and Energy Systems Engineering & Carbon Capture and Storage in the School of Engineering, along with his ex-students and co-authors Tihomir Lazic and Dr Eni Oko, for receiving the SAGE Best Paper Prize 2014.

The paper, titled ‘Case study on CO2 transport pipeline network design for Humber region in the UK’, received the honour from the Editorial Board of Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineering, Part E: Journal of Process Mechanical Engineering.

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Evolutionary Biology Group shortlisted for Research Team of the Year Award

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The University of Hull’s Evolutionary Biology Group has been shortlisted for the Research Team of the Year award by the Educate North Awards 2015.

The Evolutionary Biology Group – EvoHull – represents a major research centre within the University of Hull, and is influential in the UK through its work as a founder member of the UK’s eDNA network.

The Educate North Awards and Conference, in association with The Telegraph Media Group, is a one-day conference and high profile awards event, which will celebrate, recognise and share best practice and excellence in the education sector in the North.

The Research Team of the Year Award celebrates a team within a higher or further education institution that can demonstrate an outstanding and sustained impact on their field. The number and standard of entries was extremely high, so making the shortlist is an amazing achievement in itself.


The group research on a wide range of topics in modern evolutionary biology, examining the varied processes which shape individual, population and species diversity.

The Evolutionary Biology Group is at the forefront of developing a new environmental DNA (eDNA) technique, which they have pioneered as a practical conservation tool. eDNA is a method used to monitor what species are in a wide range of habitats, such as in soil or water.

The awards event takes place on 3 June 2015 at The Hilton Deansgate in Manchester.

For more information about the Evolutionary Biology Group visit their website or twitter @EvoHull.

Engineering research team are finalists for Dragon-STAR Innovation Award

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An engineering team led by the University of Hull has been selected as a finalist for a prestigious Chinese-European Innovation Award.

This unique award, the Dragon-STAR Innovation Award, is for distinguished scientific and technological collaboration between the EU and China.

The team, selected as one of three finalists, have been shortlisted for their development of a cost-effective and energy-efficient technology that has great global market potential in solar thermal and power systems.

The team’s development of a novel loop heat pipe (LHP) could also be widely used in heat exchangers, heat recovery systems, air conditioning and ventilation systems, cooling of electronics and lighting, as well as in the aerospace industry.

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