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Senior lecturer in Chemistry awarded VC's Teaching Award

Posted on 26 April 2013

Dr Martin Cockett has been awarded a Vice Chancellor's Teaching Award.

Martin Cockett

Dr. Cockett received his award for his highly reflective approach to the teaching of physical chemistry and the resulting excellent feedback from undergraduate students.  The impact of his Maths for Chemists textbooks both within and without the University was also recognised as was his contribution to leadership within the Department.

As a teacher of Physical Chemistry, Martin has to convey some of the most challenging concepts in our chemistry degree, and the feedback he gets from students is quite simply outstanding.  In fact, one of our own undergraduates described him as the 'Lionel Messi of Physical Chemistry teaching'.  In addition to his exceptional lecturing and teaching skills, Martin is co-author of a textbook which aims to teach Maths to chemists in a contextualised and integrated way, which can easily be understood by chemists with a wide range of mathematical backgrounds.  The Chair of the Board of Studies, Dave Smith said, 'The Department of Chemistry here in York prides itself on the impact its academic staff have on our undergraduates - Martin's award is very well deserved and goes to show the ability of our talented staff to enthuse students with challenging subject matter.'

The award will be presented at one of the University's Summer degree ceremonies.