RSC announces 2012 education award winners
12 June 2012
This year we congratulate winners in four categories of the RSC Education Awards who have made outstanding and innovative contributions to chemical education. Winners will receive their awards in November at an RSC presentation evening.
Uri Zoller from the University of Haifa won the Education Award for 'his work over many years in researching the enhancement of chemistry undergraduates' higher order cognitive skills.' Uri is a member of the Advisory Panel for the journal Chemistry Education Research and Practice (CERP).
Michael Seery from Dublin Institute of Technology obtained the Higher Education Teaching Award. This was for the 'development, implementation and dissemination of innovative e-learning resources to facilitate students to engage with aspects of physical chemistry.' Michael is an active contributor to Education in Chemistry and has recently been appointed to its editorial board. He has also published in CERP and the British Journal of Educational Technology.
On news of winning this award Michael said that he was thrilled, 'especially given that so many of the previous winners influenced my own practice. I hope I can contribute my own bit to the ever-growing list of great innovations in Irish and UK higher education chemistry.'
Uri Zoller, Michael Seery, Lorelly Wilson and David Wright
The Inspiration and Industry Award went to Lorelly Wilson. This was for 'her long standing, inspirational and acclaimed lectures, and education on chemistry as both a subject and a career delivered in conjunction with industry support.' Lorelly's company Chemistry with Cabbage runs workshops and demonstration lectures in schools, festivals and conferences which are designed to make students feel that chemistry is for them. She encourages students to do their own experiments so they can see dramatic science with everyday chemicals. One of her strengths is in how she brings many different organisations together, working with museums, universities and businesses to maximise the strengths of each.
She has been awarded honorary fellowships by the Universities of Manchester and Chester and the British Science Association in recognition of her work.
The Schools Education Award was awarded to David Wright for 'his enthusiasm, commitment and inspiration in sharing his love and knowledge of chemistry with students, teachers and technicians leading to an increased understanding of the subject by many.' Although now retired from teaching at Kendrick School, Reading, a message on the school's website says, 'We are delighted that Dr David Wright has been awarded the prestigious 2012 Royal Society of Chemistry Schools Education Award... which is very much deserved.'
David has recently edited a series of short chemistry films for students.
Nominations for the 2013 Education Awards open on 1 September.
Karen J Ogilvie