Excellence in Teaching and Supervision Awards

Posted on 13 June 2014

Success for Archaeology's Dr Sara Perry in university-wide, student-nominated excellence awards

13-06-2014 Excellence in Teaching

The Department of Archaeology was once again successful in the University's annual student-led Excellence in Teaching and Supervision Awards, with Dr Sara Perry winning a first-place award for Innovative Use of Technology. John Schofield, Head of Department, said: 'This is wonderful for us, and a ringing endorsement of the imagination and excellence which Sara brings to her teaching, from first year undergraduates through to our Digital Heritage, CHM and AIS Master's programmes. As an Archaeology Department we are world leaders in digital heritage applications, and this award is a clear indication of how much that fact is recognised by the students'. Sara Perry said that receiving the award, 'is an incredible honour, and I'm indebted both to support from colleagues in IT Services and E-Learning at York, and to our fantastic students who've been keen to work with me to push the boundaries on media applications in archaeology training. It's an inspiring, energising atmosphere to be a part of'.

Her award was presented on Wednesday evening at a University of York Students' Union ceremony, where some of her endorsements from archaeology's student body were read aloud: 'Dr Perry has consistently brought novel and engaging technologies into the archaeological curriculum – no mean feat in a discipline so focused on looking back to the past.' As another student wrote, 'This amazing educator’s contribution to archaeology will far outlast our year in the class, as she has equipped all of us with the fundamental skills to appreciate, engage and develop novel technologies in our own respective work environments.'

To see some of the films made by undergraduate students under Sara's guidance, click here and here, and visit one of the blogs of the newest Heritage Studies cohort here.