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Recognising excellence in higher education

08 Dec 2023 | Advance HE Congratulations to all winners and those shortlisted at the THE Awards, which included two Advance HE sponsored categories.

Advance HE is delighted to have sponsored two categories at the THE Awards 2023, celebrated in Liverpool last night.

The Most Innovative Teacher of the Year Award was won by Professor Bill Buchanan, Edinburgh Napier University – and an Advance HE Principal Fellow.

“In teaching, Bill has won six awards for Best Lecturer in his School, including in 2019, 2020 and 2023. His main teaching focuses on cybersecurity and cryptography and, for this, he is the sole author of one of the most extensive cryptography sites in the world, which is used by his own students and many other students around the world…

“Overall, Bill tries to explain complex areas of cryptography in an engaging and practical way, while covering core academic principles. He also uses many methods to engage students, including video presentations and fun challenges and was the co-creator of the Christmas Schools Cyber lecture in Scotland, which he still leads every year.” THE

Alison Johns, Advance HE Chief Executive, said, “I am delighted that Advance HE is sponsoring this important award again. It recognises the innovation, creativity and commitment to teaching of all those shortlisted.

“Many congratulations to Professor Bill Buchanan on his outstanding achievement in winning the award. Bill’s inspirational work, and that of all those shortlisted, illustrates the exceptional quality of teaching in UK HE.”

Among those shortlisted were Esyin Chew, Cardiff Metropolitan University; Emilie Edwards, Middlesex University; Paul Giladi, Manchester Metropolitan University; Louise Taylor, The Open University.

The Outstanding Contribution to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion was won by Cardiff Metropolitan University.

"Developed by Cardiff Metropolitan University in 2021, Diversity and Anti-Racist Professional Learning (DARPL) is a national professional learning model that comprises anti-racist professional learning provision and resources that support the implementation of the Anti-Racist Wales Action Plan set out by the Welsh Government. DARPL is highly progressive and the key national provider in Wales that rethinks anti-racist professional leadership in education.

"DARPL delivers anti-racist professional learning through a range of bilingual resources – research, a virtual campus, video clips, presentations, blogs, regional and national events focused on shared professional learning and lived experiences. DARPL’s work is far-reaching, having a growing impact across the whole of Wales, and holds Cardiff Met at the heart of progressive national racial equity conversations and step-change. To date, DARPL has provided direct." THE

Other institutions shortlisted were, Anglia Ruskin University, the University of Bradford, Buckinghamshire New University, the University of Central Lancashire, and the University of West London.

David Bass, Advance HE Director of EDI, said, "Congratulations to Cardiff Metropolitan University for winning the award for their great work. It's fantastic to see the quality of the work of all those shortlisted. They are outstanding examples of ways to make our campuses inclusive and welcoming for all." 

Advance HE looks forward to the opportunity of working with the winners and those shortlisted to highlight and share good practice.


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