National Teaching Fellow 2009
Dr Stuart Lee is a lecturer in the English Faculty, University of Oxford, and also runs the University’s Computing Services. In English he teaches courses ranging from Old English literature, through the Poetry of the First World War, to Electronic Publishing. He has taught across a range of students – from undergraduates, and graduates, to adult and independent learners.
He has been extremely successful in bringing IT and e-learning into his teaching, merging the online with Oxford’s traditional teaching systems. Student feedback regularly lists his lectures as the most engaging and entertaining in the course.
One English student said:
"Very engaging style showing genuine enthusiasm and love for the subject"
Stuart created the first web-based tutorial to teach English literature (in 1994) and managed the award-winning online project which digitized the poetry manuscripts of Wilfred Owen (1996-1998) which has just been expanded to include other major poets (2007-2009).
To assist his students Stuart created the online Old English Coursepack, and has been pioneering in the use of podcasts at Oxford. His medieval lectures have been in the top ten higher education downloads in iTunes for the past three years, and he led Oxford’s engagement in iTunes U.
He has published widely on e-learning, with particular reference to teaching English, and has run several major projects. He is always keen to support other teachers who may wish to use the new technologies in their own teaching or research. As recognition of this, Stuart was presented with a Teaching Award by Oxford in 2008 for his outstanding contributions to teaching and learning, and in the same year was made Oxford’s first Reader in E-learning and Digital Libraries.
On top of this Stuart has written textbooks on medieval literature, the works of J. R. R. Tolkien, Digital imaging, and Electronic library development. However his first love is always teaching, and conveying his enthusiasm for the subject of English literature to his students.
Lecturer; Reader in E-learning and Digital Libraries; Director, Computing Systems and Services (OUCS)
University of Oxford