As many readers of the Journal of Left-Handed Biochemist will know, I was shortlisted for the UK Bioscience Tutor of the Year in 2012. Due to ill health I was unable to complete the second phase of the application that year and the organisers generously rolled over my application to 2013. In the end I was runner up in the competition, with Prof Tim Birkhead FRS from Sheffield being the winner.
Part of the application required the production of a video (mine is here). I thought it would be fun to let you in on one of the “tricks of the trade”. With all the Richard III excitement at Leicester in the Spring, I only had limited access to video support. Carl Vivian, with whom I’ve worked regularly on a variety of project including the Model Organisms in Biomedical Research and the Power of Comparative Genomics films, was operating the camera. So who was I talking to so earnestly in the interview? Carl’s erstwhile colleague Mr Monkey.
Monkey is an experienced interviewer who has worked previously for Channel 4
I’m just staggering over the finishing line at the end of a marathon round of residential education conferences in which a nine-day burst saw me attending the Higher Education Academy STEM conference (#HEASTEM2013), the Society for Experimental Biology meeting on Tools for Evaluating Teaching (#SEBTET13) and the Heads of University BioSciences Spring Meeting (#HUBSSM2013). It will be months before I’ve had time to ruminate on all the various new ideas that emerged, directly or indirectly, from these sessions. This post will focus on just one “quick win” which I picked up from the middle event. In a short session, Peter Lumsden from the University of Central Lancashire modelled the use of an Action Learning Set for sharpening up the design of an educational research project. Continue reading
Our video The Power of Comparative Genomics was shortlisted for an in-house production award at the National Learning on Screen Awards, which took place on the 18th April. The awards “celebrate and reward excellence in the use of moving image and related media in learning, teaching and research”. Nominees in other categories included productions for the BBC and the Oscar-nominated (and multiaward winning) short Head Over Heels.
As it turns out, our category was won by the Celebrating Dickens Documentary, produced by the University of Warwick. However we didn’t come away from the evening empty-handed. Our video was given a Special Commendation, an honour which includes the rather fetching green logo now sported on the right-hand side of this website (and a larger copy within this post). In making their decision, the judges praised The Power of Comparative Genomics for keeping momentum and viewer interest in a complex subject. The clarity of graphics (produced by David Wickins from Multimedia Services at the University) was also commended.
The full list of winners for 2013 can be seen here.
The Power of Comparative Genomics received a Special Commendation