Economics lecturer Jolian McHardy wins teaching excellence awardPhoto of Dr Jolian McHardy

Senior Lecturer in Economics Dr Jolian McHardy has won a Teaching Excellence in Social Sciences' (TESS) Award for Outstanding Practice in Learning & Teaching.

Jolian’s teaching has been inspirational for thousands of economics students over many years. He has been innovative in introducing new teaching methods in his modules which have led to positive engagement with students and high achievement in exam performance.

He recently introduced a form of flipped learning, giving information to students traditionally provided in lectures via two minute online videos. Allowing lectures to be devoted to working through practical problems, making them highly interactive.

Interactivity is also promoted with students sitting and working in study groups in lectures – presenting and sharing their work and getting real time feedback. Interactivity extended online to a very lively discussion forum where last year one module had over 1,300 contributions.

The combined effect of these innovations has been to make students more confident and engaged, and independent learners.

On receiving this award Jolian said “I am absolutely delighted to receive this award and to be recognised for my teaching in economics. I am first to admit that I can be demanding of the students on my modules, but it’s really satisfying to see students engage with and master economic techniques.”

“I would like to thank my colleagues in the Department of Economics for nominating me for this award and I hope I can continue to deliver innovative and inspiring economics learning and teaching.”

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