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Internal News - 07 July 2005

Gary Lock wins national teaching award

Gary Lock, Department of Mechanical Engineering, has been awarded the Higher Education Academy Teaching Award 2005 in recognition of excellence in engineering education.

The aim of this initiative is to provide an opportunity for engineering academics to receive national recognition for their outstanding learning and teaching practices.

Gary was selected from six finalists from around the country based on a case study on his teaching methodologies.

Gary said, “I was asked for an interview with the academy, they attended one of my lectures, surveyed over 120 students and organised a focus group to discuss teaching and learning from the perspective of engineering undergraduates.

“Learning and teaching have many rewards. The award ceremony itself presented a rare opportunity to discuss learning and teaching with colleagues from universities around the country.”

Liz Willis from the Higher Education Academy Engineering Subject Centre, said “We were very impressed with Gary’s teaching method. He has developed a very simple and effective way of keeping his students engaged when giving theory lectures.

“He begins the lecture with a 15 minute mini-lecture giving a historical context to the theory he is about to teach. For example, students learned about the history of flight and breaking the sound barrier before learning the theory behind it.

“The feedback from students confirmed that this brief introduction enabled the student to really engage with the subject.”