The Otto Hutter Physiology Teaching Prize and Lecture

We recognise the difference you make as a teacher in physiology. This annual prize is awarded to outstanding teachers of physiology at undergraduate level.

Who can be nominated?

  • All Higher Education teachers of physiology are eligible
  • You can nominate another person or yourself

What is the award?

  • £500 for the winner
  • £500 for the host institution
  • Winner presents a lecture at the Society’s Annual Conference

How can I nominate?

To nominate someone: email the name of your nominee to we will then contact your nominee to invite them to complete the online application form

I feel lucky to teach Physiology, as most of my students are extremely interested in the functions of the human body. I create learning environments (interactive guided-inquiry lectures and team-based workshops) that encourage student participation and active engagement with their learning. I mould the Physiology concepts so that they are pertinent to students’ lives, and incorporate hands-on practical sessions to consolidate knowledge and develop employability and research skills.

Julia Choate, Monash University, Australia, 2018 Winner

I am a firm believer in challenging my students to achieve the very best they can, and I use traditional and blended learning approaches. I love seeing their confidence grow throughout their studies.

Louise Robson, University of Sheffield, 2017 Winner

I really enjoy sharing my fascination with physiology with students and I am passionate about increasing the status of teaching in higher education.

Judy Harris, University of Bristol, 2014 Winner

Otto Hutter, Emeritus Regius Professor of Physiology at University of Glasgow, is thought to have established the first, fully-integrated electrophysiological lab for undergraduate teaching. An acclaimed innovator in teaching, he is famous for encouraging tutorial students to participate by throwing them the blackboard chalk.

Born in 1924 in Vienna, Hutter was one of the hundreds of Jewish children evacuated to the UK in 1938 under the Kindertransport programme to escape the Nazi occupation. He did wartime work on the purification of penicillin and graduated with a BSc and PhD from University College London (UCL). He then continued at UCL as a researcher and then Lecturer in the Department of Physiology under GL Brown. Otto Hutter is renowned for his research in the fields of neuromuscular and synaptic transmission and cardiac and skeletal muscle physiology. His work (with Otto Trautwein) describing the cardiac pacemaker potential and its acceleration by adrenaline (in the tortoise sinus) and slowing by acetylcholine, and his own discovery of the increase in potassium permeability that underpins the latter, remain textbook findings. He is also acknowledged as an international authority on the movement of ion across membranes.

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.

  1. The prize, awarded at The Society’s Annual Conference, includes £500 for the winner and £500 for the host institution (the latter to support education and teaching in physiology).
  2. The winner presents a lecture at the Annual Conference.
  3. Nominations (including self-nominations) can be made by Members and non-Members of The Society
  4. Applications should include
    • CV including any teaching-related achievements
    • Summary of proposal (400 words max)
    • Student feedback
    • Letter from Head of Department
    • Evidence of innovation, where appropriate
  5. If you would like to discuss making a nomination, please email
  6. The Physiological Society is committed to the principles of diversity, equality and inclusion, and thereby welcomes nominations of individuals from all backgrounds.

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