Teaching Prize winners
In 2009 The Society launched the Otto Hutter Teaching Prize to recognise outstanding teachers of undergraduate physiology and to raise the profile of physiology teaching. The prize’s namesake, Professor Otto Hutter, emeritus Regius Professor of Physiology at University of Glasgow, is recognised as a passionate and innovative teacher. He pioneered perhaps the first, fully-integrated electrophysiological lab for junior teaching. He was also a virtuoso of small group teaching, famous for throwing the blackboard chalk to students as an inducement to do some of the board-work.
The inaugural prize winner was Professor Mary Cotter, who is Professor of Systems Physiology at the University of Aberdeen. She was nominated for her innovative approach to teaching- introducing problem-based learning, student-led teaching and interactive lectures- and the passion she gives to lecturing. It is reported that standing ovations are not unheard of in Mary’s lectures.
Speaking of her passion for teaching, Mary says “ I feel it is a real privilege to be able to teach students Physiology because it is the best subject. I love teaching science and medical students Physiology, particularly the tricky bits like acid-base and respiratory mechanics.”
In 2010 the prize was won by Dr Neil Morris, a senior lecturer in Neuroscience at the University of Leeds. Another innovative lecturer, Neil has strong research interests in teaching, including the development of educational technology. Neil has pioneered a range of faculty-wide projects, introducing virtual learning environments, eVoting handsets and curriculum review. He is also editor-in-chief of Bioscience Horizons, an undergraduate research journal.
Neil says he is “passionate about providing students with the very best resources to help them learn effectively and become experts in their discipline.”
The 2011 prize was awarded to Dr Eugene Lloyd, a senior teaching fellow in the School of Physiology and Pharmacology at the University of Bristol. A consistently popular lecturer, he has won a number of teaching prizes while at Bristol, including the Students’ Union Teaching Award in 2010. Eugene’s interests include the use of high fidelity simulation, developing resources for computer-controlled Human Simulators, allowing students to see physiological mechanisms in action.
A practicing medic as well, Eugene explains how he became interested in teaching. "A six month demonstrator post in medical physiology whetted my appetite for this fascinating subject and I realised I had a passion for helping to educate and encourage students."