Vice-Chancellor's Education Awards 2022





Enter Vice-Chancellor’s Awards 2024

The Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for 2024 are now open for nominations.

What was previously five separate groups of awards has now become a University-wide celebration for staff across Oxford, with 11 categories in strategically important areas. 

Find out more and enter on the Vice-Chancellor’s Awards page.

Nominations close on Monday 19 February 2024.

The text below references the winners for the previous Vice-Chancellor’s Education Awards in 2022. As of 2024, these awards are part of the Oxford-wide Vice-Chancellor’s Awards.

Shortlisted teams from Vice Chancellors Education awards. 6 teams with the VC of Oxford University

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dame Louise Richardson, with representatives from the winning teams at the Vice-Chancellor's Education Awards ceremony, 29 September 2022


The biennial Vice-Chancellor’s Education Awards celebrate high-quality education across the collegiate University - recognising new and innovative approaches to teaching, and the steps being taken to further students' educational experience at Oxford. 

The winners and shortlisted applicants of the Vice-Chancellor's Education Awards for 2022 were announced at a ceremony at Worcester College on Thursday 29 September 2022. 

You can view details below and read story on the Staff Gateway.


Congratulations to the winners of the Education Awards 2022, all who have shown a variety of educational innovation that benefits their learners. They are excellent examples of collaboration within Oxford and further afield. The University is constantly innovating in education for the benefit of our students and the wider collegiate University, and these awards give us the chance to recognise this excellency. 

Pro-Vice Chancellor Education, Professor Martin Williams 

Find out more about each award winner and shortlisted applicant for 2022 by viewing the videos below.

In each video, a member of the project team explains their project, its impact on learners, how they worked collaboratively and why it was important for them to apply for a Vice-Chancellor's Education Award in 2022. 

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Innovating live streamed multisensory object based online workshops for schools during and post pandemic

The Ashmolean's schools learning officers devised and delivered innovative, inspiring, creative, multi-sensory object based online learning sessions and programmes for schools. The project had high value and impact on learning about objects in the Ashmolean. The online workshops had added-value beyond the collegiate University as the department engaged with Brookes and the broader GLAM community. Find out more about learning at the Ashmolean.  

Submitting applicant: 
Clare Coleman, Learning Officer, Early Years to Key Stage 2, Ashmolean


Making virtual a reality: achieving educational excellence through the use of virtual reality in a medical school curriculum

The Virtual Reality Simulation (VRSim) is a form of computer generated, immersive simulation where students interact with and treat simulated patients in a variety of virtual clinical settings. This project is an excellent example of how state of the art computer technology can be harnessed to create valuable educational tools. Find out more about OxSTAR.

Submitting applicant:
Sally Shiels, Consultant Anaesthetist, OxSTaR

Opportunity Oxford

This is an important programme that has made a significant contribution to shifting the dial on undergraduate admissions and aims to give students from disadvantaged backgrounds the best possible preparation for the rigours of an Oxford degree. The evidence of success in terms of admissions is compelling and there is impressive data on the improvement in the self-confidence and preliminary performance of the cohort. Find out more about the work of Opportunity Oxford. 

Submitting applicant:
Dr Andrew Bell, Senior Tutor, University College

The ‘Lab Med app’: a model for producing novel student-centric learning resources

The Oxford Laboratory Medicine course is an intensive 8-week course for clinical medical students, covering high volume basic science and clinical information across five pathology specialties. The team recognised a need to support students in the active assessment of their own learning, and created the ‘Lab Med app’, a learning platform with accessible content that learners can use to test their own diagnostic skills. Student uptake has been near universal, with feedback very positive. Learn more about Oxford's Laboratory Medicine course.

Submitting applicant:
Dr Hussam Rostom, Specialty Registrar, Chemical Pathology

The Oxford Character Project

The Oxford Character Project offers a number of leadership development programmes all designed for a 21st Century world to postgraduate students at Oxford. This is an innovative programme which adds value to Oxford’s traditional educational offering while providing practical wisdom on leadership form senior colleagues across the University. Find out more about The Oxford Character Project. 

Submitting applicant: 
Anjali Sarker, Programme Director, The Oxford Character Project 

Working it out: Empowering students through collaborative problem-solving

'Working it out' is a series of workshops to support a first-year chemistry course, with the aim of enabling students to recognise the relevance of organic chemistry in biochemistry. This project team directly responds to a pedagogical problem and focuses on problem solving rather than content learning, both online and in-person. Find out more about Chemistry at Oxford 

Submitting applicant:
J L Kiappes, Lecturer, Biochemistry

A fully multidisciplinary, cross-divisional masters-level course in Law and Computer Science.

This project has been a collaboration between academics in computer science and law, to create and deliver a master’s level course in which learners design and implement a new digital service or product with legal aspects. Unique in its scope, the innovative course is a clear example of effective collaboration between departments and divisions.

Submitting applicant:
Tom Melham, Professor, Computer Science

COVID-19: catalyst for developing a varied and inclusive practical course in chemistry

The Department of Chemistry developed online practicals designed to build learners' confidence and strengthen key skills using simulations and instructional videos. The engagement model is particularly impressive given the wide range of people brought together from different backgrounds, and there is evidence of influence beyond Oxford.

Submitting applicant:
Dr Malcolm I Stewart, Director, Chemistry Teaching Laboratory 

Design and delivery of interactive, hands-on courses on reproducible data analysis and visualisation for biologists

The first of its kind within the Medical Sciences Division, the interactive online courses designed by the project team support researchers in biomedical sciences to enhance their data analysis skills. The course design has evaded common pitfalls of online delivery with the skilful integration of a variety of digital tools and pedagogical methods to keep participants engaged.

Submitting applicant:
Srinivasa Rao, Postdoctoral research associate, Nuffield Dept. of Surgical Sciences

Digital decolonial pedagogical praxis in the social sciences: an experiment in decolonising methodologies between Oxford and the University of South Africa

The team worked on developing a course that focuses on pioneering innovative and decolonial pedagogies to allow learners to be active participants in their educational journey. This project covers important aspects of promoting racial equity and the focus on decolonising research methods is invaluable. The productive two-way partnership between Oxford and a number of African universities has been an important part of this project. 

Submitting applicant:
Dr Amber Murrey, Associate Professor, School of Geography and the Environment

Inspiring excellence in evidence-based health care: Using digital education to achieve a flexible and diverse learning environment

This project built on the work of The Evidence-Based Medicine Primer, created in 2018, in collaboration with the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine to create a new online course for medical students. This is a very good example of design and utilisation in online learning, the project demonstrates how quality online learning requires immense amounts of work and thought.

Submitting applicant:
Annette Plüddemann, Course Director, MSc Evidence-Based Health Care


Pivoting online: collaborative design and delivery of FIT modern language courses at the Language Centre

The team collaborated to embrace the challenge of pivoting completely online while ensuring that flexible and inclusive teaching pathways were included in their design and delivery.

Submitting applicant:
Marion Sadoux, Head of Modern Language Programmes

Teaching genetics and molecular biology using a hybrid lab approach

The project team designed and delivered an integrated blended teaching approach of e-learning and wet lab practicals that have supported students to improve their understanding of genetic and molecular biology techniques. 

Submitting applicant:
Dr Mark Roberts, Teaching Facilitator, Biochemistry 

The 2022 judging panel comprised representatives from each academic division, as well as the Department for Continuing Education, the Libraries and the SU.

Over 40 applications were received. These were reviewed, ranked, and debated to create the 2022 list of six winners.

The panel was impressed with the overall standard of submissions and felt that the 13 shortlisted applicants showcased the breadth of collaboration and educational innovation taking place at Oxford.

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