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Gary Lock

Internal News - 01 February 2008

Academic awarded £10,000 teaching prize from the Royal Academy of Engineering

Dr Gary Lock has been awarded a prize for excellence in teaching by the Royal Academy of Engineering.

The £10,000 award, sponsored by Exxon-Mobil, was partially based on his lecture course Fluid Mechanics with Historical Perspective [1] which is taught to classes of 200 second-year students.

This course has consistently received praise from the undergraduates who comment on the enthusiastic, innovative and inspirational style of the lectures.

The award also considered Dr Lock’s innovative design activity based at Rolls-Royce Bristol [2].

A team of six students are placed in the company for six months with the following objectives:

The programme began in 2000 and is now well established as an annual exercise.

This enriched design activity is very popular with students and there is a strong competition to join – this year 35 students applied for the six available places.

Dr Lock’s teaching achievements have been recognised not just by the Department of Mechanical Engineering but across the University of Bath, in industry and by the Higher Education Academy.

Previously he has received the John Willis (1998), Innovation in Learning & Teaching Award (2001) and Mary Tasker (2004) Awards. In addition, the National Teaching Fellowship scheme granted him its National Teaching Award in 2005.


[1] G.D. Lock, 2007, Fluid Mechanics with Historical Perspective, Engineering Education: Journal of the Higher Education Academy, Engineering Subject Centre (2) Issue 1, pp 33-40