Biomedical Science lecturer wins Otto Hutter Physiology Teaching Prize

The Physiological Society’s Education and Outreach Committee has awarded the 2017 Otto Hutter Teaching Prize to Dr Louise Robson, a senior lecturer in the Department of Biomedical Science at the University of Sheffield.LouiseRobson

The Otto Hutter Physiology Teaching Prize recognises an individual's contribution to teaching undergraduate physiology and Louise was nominated for providing excellent and innovative teaching at the University of Sheffield for over 20 years.

Louise said of the prize, “This is a great award to receive and it is an honour to have had my teaching recognised by the Physiological Society.

“As an enthusiastic teacher I aim to really grab student attention, ensuring I equip them with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed after they graduate. To achieve this, I am always looking to embed digital technologies to not only teach but to provide academic and pastoral support to students as well.”

Key to Louise’s success has been her blended approach to teaching that supports the more traditional methods, such as lectures and coursework, with innovative use of technologies such as lecture recording, online support sites and social media networks. Feedback from students consistently highlights that she is in the “elite class of lecturers” and “the best lecturer in the department”.

Professor Kathryn Ayscough, Head of the Department of Biomedical Science, said, “I am really delighted that Louise has been awarded the Otto Hutter Prize.

“Within our department, she has been voted Best Lecturer of the Year for 9 of the last 10 years and her ideas are increasingly sought and replicated by colleagues in the Faculty of Science and beyond to enhance their own teaching practice.”

As recipient of the Otto Hutter Teaching Prize, Louise will receive £500 and the University will also receive £500 to support education and learning. Louise has also been invited to present a Prize Lecture as part of the Physiology Society’s annual meeting.

To read more about Louise Robson, please visit her web page.
More information about the Otto Hutter Physiology Teaching Prize is available on the Physiological Society website.