Dr Andrew Pye is a Senior Lecturer in Biological Sciences at the University of Exeter. He is recognised by his students as an innovative and enthusiastic educator.
"He uses PowerPoint, Prezi, and a variety of films, books, props and research papers to illustrate his lectures. He uses humour and audience participation to engage us whilst ensuring the serious nature of the subject is still portrayed. His enthusiasm is contagious and it is very obvious that he loves his subject and teaching it" (Student nomination, University Teaching Award, 2016).
Impact of work
With over 10 years' experience supporting students through academic tutoring and peer support he is recognised as a leader in this area. In 2013 students nominating him for 'Outstanding Contribution to Student Wellbeing' wrote:
"Dr Andrew Pye - the driving force behind the peer mentor scheme, there are few academics recognised as providing as much support and help to students through initiatives they have devised as Andy. Described by his students as dedicated, supportive and considerate, Andy has helped not only foster good relations and a supportive working environment within his undergrad classes, but across the entire department".
A reflective practitioner he is keen to support colleagues developing their own teaching practice. He facilitates networking events and led his campus HEA accredited Leaning and Teaching in Higher Education Programme (LTHE) for three years. He now facilitates the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PCAP). His commitment to continual professional development has national dimensions through his external advising and examining roles.
Andrew frequently presents his work at national/international conferences and workshops. He contributed to the HEA National Report Mapping Student-Led Peer Learning in the UK in 2014 and was on the Board of Directors, of the Peer Led Team Learning International Society (PLTLIS) (2013-2016). PLTLIS aims to promote peer learning both in the USA and internationally. He gave the keynote presentation at their annual conference in Dallas, Texas in 2015.
Plans for the future
His latest projects aim to take academic tutoring out of 'dusty academic offices' and into the 21st century. Using Yammer he is investigating better ways to facilitate communication between students.