HEA congratulates Dr Sara Wolfson, the Times Higher Education’s ‘Most Innovative Teacher of the Year’ 2016

Friday, 25 November, 2016

Dr Sara Wolfson, a senior lecturer in early modern history at Canterbury Christ Church University has won The Times Higher Education “Most Innovative Teacher of the Year” award, the category sponsored by the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

The award judges were told that Sara “brings alive the past for students using workshops rather than traditional lectures on her courses in order to keep undergraduates engaged; and, by way of example, on one module, first-year learners recreated the trial of Charles I, taking on prosecution and defence roles in an exercise that combined historical investigation, teamwork and role play.”

Speaking at the ceremony last night at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London, Sara, who is a Senior Fellow of the HEA, said she was, “so proud to have won this amazing award.”

Professor Stephanie Marshall, CEO of the Higher Education Academy, said, “All the finalists in this year’s Most Innovative Teacher of the Year category were really impressive, so Sara’s award is all the more special for that.  I love the way she engages students, giving them the confidence to fulfil their potential in and beyond the academic arena. 

“Innovative teaching like Sara’s is an inspiration to us all, and gets us thinking about our teaching practice and how improving the student experience is a relentless responsibility for everyone privileged to be in our profession. Many congratulations to Sara as the award winner and to all the other finalists.”

Shortlisted alongside Sara Wolfson were:

  • Rebecca Bushell, University of South Wales
  • Charles Knight, Edge Hill University
  • Sara Perry, University of York
  • Julia Prest, University of St Andrews
  • James Wilson, University of Southampton

Congratualtions to all of them.