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The Roger J Mawby Demonstrator Awards 2021

Posted on 9 September 2021

The outstanding performance of six Chemistry Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) has been recognised in this year’s Roger J Mawby Demonstrating Awards.

A gallery of the six prizewinners from 2021

The annual awards recognise the important contribution made by GTAs to undergraduate teaching in the Department of Chemistry. Prizes are awarded thanks to a generous bequest made to the Department in memory of Roger J Mawby, an inspirational educator and one of the founding academic staff members of Chemistry at York. Roger gave detailed and engaging lectures, frequently using chemical demonstrations to illustrate important concepts in transition metal chemistry and catalysis. In addition he gave stimulating and challenging tutorials that allowed students to develop and build their understanding of chemistry. Up to six students who have gone above and beyond the requirements of the GTA role, as judged by the Awards Panel, receive the award each year. Each of this year’s winners receives a cash prize of £150.

The Winners of the The Roger J Mawby Demonstrating Prize for 2020/21 are:

Rosalind Booth 

For highly conscientious demonstrating, particularly in helping students link between theory and practice in the laboratory.

Rebecca Donovan 

In particular recognition for efforts in the mentoring of new demonstrators and consistent high quality demonstrating.

Chloe Howman

For consistently high quality demonstrating, especially when supporting students who find practical work more challenging.

Alastair Robinson

For the development of resources to assist teaching during the pandemic and consistent high quality demonstrating.

Rachel Steen

For delivery of consistently high quality teaching, support and management of student groups in the laboratory.

Nik Vagkidis

For exceptionally diligent management of student groups in the laboratory, ensuring support to all students and helping to link the context of undergraduate practicals with research in the department.