Dr Annie Hodgson receives Vice-Chancellor’s Teaching Award

Posted on 30 May 2018

The award, which recognises excellence in teaching and learning support, will be conferred at one of the summer degree ceremonies.

Professor John Robinson, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Teaching Learning and Students, wrote to Dr Hodgson:

“The panel was impressed with your consistently high-quality teaching and the excellent student feedback you have received over a sustained period of time. The panel recognised your long-standing and whole-hearted commitment to students and the teaching community in your Department and reputation in your role of Schools Liaison and Outreach Officer. You are an enormously enthusiastic teacher, sensitive to student needs, engaging them across a range of levels of accomplishment.”

Mentions were made by the panel about many aspects of Dr Hodgson’s work, past and present, including her running of the BSc projects in Chemical Communication. This innovative style of student project, which involves outreach and teaching to school-age children, was recognised in the University and as a result, other departments are now considering introducing similar schemes. Her valuable nurturing of relationships with York schools was also noted.

In nominating Dr Hodgson for the award, Dr Victor Chechik commented:

I am convinced that Annie’s engagement with schools and her contributions to science outreach have positively influenced our buoyant, high-quality undergraduate applications, of which the Chemistry Department is so proud.”

Dr Annie Hodgson is the Schools Liaison and Outreach Officer in the Department of Chemistry, and the Coordinator of the Year 1 Skills for Chemists core module. She is the departmental Study Skills Officer and Editor of Chemistry Review, a Hodder Education magazine for A-level Chemistry students. She hosts the Salters’ Festival of Chemistry and visits schools country-wide to give workshops and her exciting ‘Colourful Chemistry’ lecture.

The Vice-Chancellor’s Teaching Awards, introduced in 2006, are one of the ways in which the University rewards excellence in learning and teaching.

There’s a chance to experience Annie’s ‘colourful chemistry’ first hand at the York Festival of Ideas Witchcraft and Wizardry day on Sunday June 10th.  Annie will be appearing as ‘Benevolus Snape’ and demonstrating the ‘Art of Potions’ to a family audience. Following the demonstration, she will be leading ‘Powerful Potions’ workshops.

Annie will also be chairing a couple of events for an older family audience at the Festival, ‘Making the Monster: Science of Frankenstein’ on Saturday 9 June at 1.30pm and ‘The Scientific Secrets of Dr Who’ at 6.30pm on Fri 15 June.