Following on from the announcement of nominees for our inaugural Student Choice Teaching Awards, UCLU is delighted to announced our winners. Their achievements will be honoured at the Provost’s Teaching Awards ceremony, which for the first time includes the SCTA’s.

What we said previously:

This year, as part of the Provost Teaching Awards, we have the chance to celebrate outstanding teaching and recognise those that support us in our learning.  The Student Choice Teaching Awards are completely student led – students determine the award categories (Outstanding Teaching, Outstanding Support for Teaching & Outstanding Personal Support), set the criteria, nominate the potential awardees and decide who wins the awards. 

The overarching principle of these awards will be to recognise and reward those who have made an outstanding contribution to the improvement of students’ lives at UCL.  They celebrate those individuals who have gone above and beyond to support teaching and learning. 

Our Education & Campaigns Officer - Edwin Clifford-Coupe said:

“It is a fantastic opportunity to put teaching at the heart of UCL and reward those who give outstanding service to students”

And finally, the winners:

Outstanding Teaching

  • Mr James Frederick Daniel Hales, Institute of Archaeology
    I joined the Institute of Archaeology fourteen years ago. Previously I had been working in the heritage sector as a Conservator at the National Museums of Scotland, and the National Museum of Wales. Although I was initially not employed at UCL in a teaching capacity, I took opportunities to pick up areas of teaching here and there and found I enjoyed it very much. I was further encouraged by colleagues and heads of department to develop my teaching role further, and I now find myself as a Senior Teaching Fellow with responsibility for teaching and coordinating courses for the MA and MSc programs in archaeological and heritage conservation. 
    In addition to my teaching responsibilities, I also undertake research related to damage caused to the historic fabric of listed buildings in the U.K. by resident bat populations.
  • Mr Daniel Rogger, Department of Economics
    Daniel Rogger is a PhD student at the Economics Department of University College London and a PhD scholar at the Institute for Fiscal Studies.  His research focuses on the delivery of public goods in poor countries (such as the provision of water or the building of a health centre).  His PhD thesis is focussed on Nigeria, where he worked between 2005 and 2011 as an economist for the Presidency.  Daniel's UCL teaching centres around microeconometrics, the statistics of individual behaviour, and microeconomics, the economics of why individuals are motivated to do what they do.  He has also taught courses in development, as extracurricular classes to UCL undergraduates and to secondary students further afield, and in statistics, to civil servants in Nigeria's Federal Civil Service.  His research and teaching resources are available at
  • Mr Mike Rowson, Institute for Global Health
    Mike is Senior Teaching Fellow and Director of Education at UCL’s Institute for Global Health, where his teaching focuses on the politics and economics of global health. Before coming to UCL he was Executive Director of global health charity Medact, an organisation which undertakes education, advocacy and research on the health effects of conflict, environmental change and poverty.
  • Dr Isidoros Strouthos, Department of Mathematics

    I was born in London.  After school studies in Cyprus and the United Kingdom and university studies in Mathematics at the University of Cambridge, I had the opportunity to study for a PhD in Mathematics at UCL.

    Over the last few years, I have been employed as a Teaching Fellow at UCL.

    In so far as this work has led to something that may be deemed to be good, and worthy of consideration for an award, it is due in no small part to the encouragement of my parents, the opportunities that I have had to learn from a number of teachers during the course of my life so far and the support of academic and non-academic staff at UCL.

    I am very grateful for having had the opportunity to be involved with the teaching of a number of students over the last few years, and, through this, to witness life-affirming commitment and good nature; I would like to wish them all well.

Outstanding Personal Support

  • Ms Judy Medrington, Institute of Archaeology
    Judy Medrington has been working with students at the Institute of Archaeology for nearly 40 years.   She is responsible for the academic administration of the Institute, including induction,  course organisation, timetabling, assessment, and responses to student feedback, as well as the pastoral care of students.  She works closely with the IoA Director and those who hold Tutorial Posts (especially the Departmental Tutor and Equal Opportunities Officer), with her administrative colleagues in the department and Faculty, and with  student representatives through the IoA  Staff/Student Consultative Committee.  She  is the Institute’s Disabilities Co-ordinator, liaising with UCL’s Student Disability Services and other parts of UCL Registry on a regular basis.   She operates an open-door policy and is particularly concerned with the promotion of student satisfaction and ensuring that students in difficulties receive prompt, constructive support.    She stresses to students the importance of volunteering and of  becoming  involved in a wide range of activities  whilst at UCL.   
  • Dr Isidoros Strouthos, Department of Mathematics

Outstanding Support for Teaching

  • Dr Alastair McClelland, Division of Psychology and Language Sciences
    Dr Alastair McClelland joined the then Department of Psychology (now the Division of Psychology and Language Science) as a lecturer in 1990 and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1998. He was appointed to the post of BSc Psychology Degree Programme Tutor in 1993 (a position he continues to hold) and he has also held the posts of Assistant Faculty Tutor and Graduate Tutor for Taught Masters in the Faculty of Life Sciences. In 2009 he was appointed Director of Studies for the BSc Psychology Programme. He has overall responsibility for the delivery of the teaching and pastoral care of the students on the BSc Psychology programme.  Dr McClelland provides the Introductory and Core statistics teaching on the programme, runs a First Year laboratory class and leads a weekly Third Year Seminar Group.   
  • Ms Judy Medrington, Institute of Archaeology
  • Dr Julie Pitcher, Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology
    Julie completed a BSc in Biochemistry at Oxford University followed by a PhD in Biochemistry at the University of Dundee under the supervision of Prof Philip Cohen. She subsequently moved to the US where she was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the laboratory of Professor Robert Lefkowitz at Duke University. In 2000 she returned to the UK as a Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow in the MRC LMCB, UCL, where she investigates the regulatory mechanisms responsible for modulating G protein-coupled receptor function. Julie became a Senior Lecturer in Pharmacology at UCL in 2006 and in 2011 took on the Year 2 tutor role for the Biomedical Sciences BSc programme.

Further details on the criteria and development of these awards can be found on our SCTA site.