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Demonstrators Drinks Reception and CODY Awards – 27 June

Posted on 2 July 2013

Following another successful year in the undergraduate teaching laboratories, a drinks reception was held on Thursday 27 June to celebrate the collective contribution to the Department of all graduate demonstrators, practical course organisers and teaching laboratory staff.

Over 60 staff and demonstrators attended. In addition to this, a few demonstrators received a special commendation for their efforts and were awarded prizes for the "Chemistry Outstanding Demonstrators of the Year" (CODY).

very good in teaching labs... goes well beyond what is normally expected... takes on extra responsibilities... runs extra workshops... consistently high quality demonstrating... has helped to make practical work a highly enjoyable experience

An undergraduate student about one of the CODY winners

The Chemistry Department appreciates the huge efforts of all graduate demonstrators to support delivery of the undergraduate course.  Demonstrators play a crucial role, both in the teaching laboratory and in non-lab courses. The role of a demonstrator is varied and challenging, and we are justifiably proud of the teaching contributions that graduate demonstrators make.

The motivation behind the CODYs was that while all demonstrators are expected to exhibit certain key skills, some are recognised as have performed exceptionally well in the role. Demonstrators in both the laboratory courses and the maths skills courses were recognised.

Nominations and comments were sought from undergraduates via the Staff-Student Committee reps, Practical and Maths Course Organisers, and David Pugh for laboratory-based demonstrators.  From this consultation, a shortlist of 22 was drawn up and 9 winners were chosen by the selection panel of staff directly involved in the overseeing the practical courses, managing the teaching laboratories and training demonstrators.  This consisted of Professor Peter O'Brien, Dr Nick Wood, Dr Sue Couling and Dr David Pugh. 

Following the huge success of this inaugural event, it is intended that this will become an important highlight of the teaching programme.

Photo of CODY Awards 1 

Shortlisted candidates:
Chris Armstrong, Katrina Bakker, Stephen Bromfield, James Brooke, Phil Craven, Richard Gammons, Kirsty High, Jon Holmes, Kate Horner, Abeda Jamadar, Richard John, Leonie Jones, Danielle Jowett, Linda McAllister, Tom Newby, Natalie Pridmore, Julia Sarju, Mark Sims, Lizzie Smith, Rachel Smith, Jonathan Ward, Chris Windle

Photo of CODY Awards 2 

Congratulations to the winners of the 2013 CODYs:
Stephen Bromfield, Richard Gammons, Jon Holmes, Kate Horner, Richard John, Leonie Jones, Natalie Pridmore, Mark Sims, Rachel Smith