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Researcher awarded prestigious teaching prize

Posted on 5 November 2015

A researcher from the University of York has a won a prestigious prize for teaching.

Dr Paul Tobin

Dr Paul Tobin was awarded the British International Studies Association (BISA) 2015 PGWT Award for Excellence in Teaching International Studies.

Dr Tobin picked up the accolade for his teaching on the Introduction to International Relations course in the University’s Politics Department, during his PhD.

The module, for first year students, explored topics including 21st century world history, the rise of China, and contemporary international affairs.

His seminars involved running model UN simulations and role-play debates where students took on the role of different countries or politicians.

The aim of the BISA award is to recognise postgraduate students who have contributed to the positive learning experience of students in International Studies.

The award is open to all postgraduate students in international studies who engage in some higher education teaching.

Dr Tobin, a winner of two previous teaching awards, said: “It is a great honour to receive this award. I always knew I wanted to teach ever since I was an undergraduate myself.

“I love debating interesting ideas in the seminar room, and trying to think of new ways to discuss questions.”

Dr Tobin is currently a Leverhulme Post-doctoral Fellow in the University’s Environment Department.

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