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Members of the School of English win teaching awards

Two members of staff in the School of English were amongst those who recently received awards in the University’s new Student-Led Teaching Awards, organised by the Students’ Union as part of a national NUS scheme.  The award for “Dissertation/Thesis Supervisor of the Year” was presented to Prof. Helen Wilcox, while Dr. Andy Webb was named as “New Teacher of the Year”. Prof Wilcox is a specialist in seventeenth-century literature and is especially known for her work on George Herbert, Shakespeare and the work of early modern women writers; she is Director of the Institute for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS), an on-going collaborative research project between Aberystwyth and Bangor.  Dr Webb, who joined the joined the School only in January, having previously taught at the universities of Warwick, Swansea and Birmingham, is a specialist in twentieth-century literature and Welsh writing in English; he has just completed a book on Edward Thomas and Wales for the University of Wales Press.  These awards are a measure of the emphasis placed by the School on high-quality teaching and student support; with the award of a Teaching Fellowship to Professor Tony Brown in 2010, this means that the work of staff in the School has received three teaching awards in less than two years.         

Publication date: 29 May 2012