IDS researchers win University of Sussex student-led teaching awards

7 April 2017

Two IDS Research Fellows – Rosemary McGee and Lars Otto Naess have both won awards at the University of Sussex Student-Led Teaching Award for 2016–17.

This is the image of Rosemary McGee and Lars Otto Naess winning the University of Sussex Student-led teaching awards.

Nominations for the awards come from the current student intake and recognises the creative and innovative approach to teaching that staff at IDS and Sussex take. The QS University Rankings 2017 ranked the University of Sussex, including IDS, first in the world for development studies. This is the third consecutive year that the University has been ranked in the top two universities globally for development.

Rosemary McGee, convenor of the MA Participation, Power and Social Change who won the award for ‘Outstanding or Innovative Postgraduate Teaching’ said:

"I’m honoured to have been nominated by MA Participation, Power and Social Change students for this award. It’s a tribute to the MA itself, which stands out for its alternative approach to teaching and learning. We work with experiential learning and techniques of reflective learning and practice, ideal for engaging course participants’ past experience and existing knowledge and turning it into something deeper, more applicable, more likely to achieve the changes they’re working to achieve, whether in a context of international development or of social change and community development in the UK, Europe or North America."

Winning the award for ‘Outstanding Support for the Learning Experience of Students’, Lars Otto Naess, Co-Convenor of the joint IDS-Sussex MSc Climate Change, Development and Policy said:

"I am very honoured to receive this student-led award. I feel privileged to be able to work with such a motivated group of students. They come from all parts of the world, and bring with them a wealth of experience, insights and energy to learn about the many sides to the climate change challenges we are facing, and how best to tackle them in a rapidly changing world. Teaching is an important and enjoyable part of my work at IDS, and getting this recognition from the students means a lot to me."

The awards were presented by Professor Clare Mackie, Deputy Vice Chancellor, University of Sussex.

IDS convenes seven Postgraduate degrees in development studies and a PhD by research. 

Image: University of Sussex.