Winners of the Oxford Brookes Teaching Awards 2015

Winners of the Oxford Brookes Teaching Awards 2015

The third annual Brookes Union Teaching Awards took place on Friday 27th March in Headington Hill Hall. The awards were set up by Brookes Union to celebrate the fantastic work that academic and support staff do at Oxford Brookes University.

Congratulations go to Dr James Balkwill who was awarded ‘Brookes most inspirational lecturer’. Dr Balkwill is Principle Lecturer in Student Experience, Mechanical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences.

James Balkwill is the single reason I chose Brookes. I left the lecture that he gave during the open day feeling intrigued, inspired, and excited… Four years into my degree, and he remains the most inspirational teacher I have ever had the pleasure to learn from. Whether he is teaching Newton’s Laws of motion in first year Mechanics, or Belbin’s team working model in final year New Product Development, he radiates total enthusiasm for the subject and it is infectious.” – Student nominee.

Over 200 members of staff were nominated by students over seven categories such as ‘Most Inspirational Lecturer’ and ‘Above and Beyond the Call of Duty’. Nominations praised staff for consistently going above and beyond the call of duty.

Rachel Rimmer, Vice President: Academic Experience, stated: “The Student-Led Teaching Awards is an excellent opportunity for students to thank and recognise staff’s outstanding contributions to their overall student experience.”

The full list of awards and winners can be viewed at