York Academic Highly Commended in Educate North Awards

Posted on 26 April 2019

Dr Glenn Hurst, Assistant Professor of Chemical Education in the Department, has been highly commended in the Teaching Excellence category at the Educate North Awards.

Dr Glenn Hurst attended the Awards Ceremony at the Hilton Deansgate in Manchester on Thursday 25 April, where the winners were announced at the culmination of the evening’s celebrations.

For the first time this year, the Committee included a “Highly Commended Award” in selected categories when the panel had difficulty reaching a decision. Only three of these were given, among the 21 categories. Glenn was one of ten finalists shortlisted for the Teaching Excellence Award.

Glenn said, “I’m delighted to have been highly commended in the Teaching Excellence category.  It was a fantastic evening and I would like to thank my inspirational colleagues in the Department of Chemistry and the Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence, as well as the amazing undergraduate and postgraduate students at the University of York.”

The Educate North Awards are a prestigious awards event which recognises and shares best practice and excellence in the education sector in the North. Now in their fifth year, the awards have 19 categories, ranging from Business Collaboration and Social Mobility to Teaching Excellence. The awards are judged by a panel of industry leading experts and professionals. They use a rigorous two-stage judging process which includes pre-scoring to determine the shortlist and a further judging session to select the eventual winners.

Dr Glenn Hurst conducts research across all levels of green chemistry education through the Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence. He has specific interest in using social media and game-based learning strategies to transform the student learning experience. He regularly publishes in the chemistry education and higher education scholarly literature and is chair of the Royal Society of Chemistry Higher Education Group.