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Higher Education Psychology Teacher of the Year

HE Psychology Teacher of the Year 2021

Proudly supported by Oxford University Press and the British Psychological Society Division of Academics, Researchers & Teachers in Psychology (BPS DARTP), the Higher Education Psychology Teacher of the Year Award aims to recognise and reward exceptional teaching talent. 

Higher Education Psychology Teacher of the Year

The Higher Education Psychology Teacher of the Year Award 2021 shortlist has been announced!

We are thrilled to reveal that the three shortlisted candidates for the 2021 award are:

  • Dr Louise Taylor Bunce, Oxford Brookes University
  • Dr Richard Harris, University of Leeds
  • Dr Paul Penn, University of East London

They will each now prepare and complete a case study, and will present this during the BPS DARTP Annual Conference 2021, where they will also complete an interview with the judging panel.  The judging panel is made up of representatives from Oxford University Press and the BPS DARTP.

Read more about our finalists, below.

If you have any queries about the Higher Education Psychology Teacher of the Year Award, please get in touch with Paul Wilson, the BPS DARTP Secretary.

Higher Education Psychology Teacher of the Year

ExpandCloseDr Louise Taylor Bunce

Dr Louise Taylor BunceDr Louise Taylor Bunce is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a Principal Lecturer Student Experience. She works at Oxford Brookes University where she teaches psychology to social work students. She has led research to understand the experiences of students who experience racial discrimination in higher education, and has developed educational resources to support equality of academic outcomes (see www.brookes.ac.uk/SIIP).

She is also a leading expert on the impact of students identifying as consumers of their education, and has produced a workshop for educators to enable students to reflect on their identities as consumers (also available at www.brookes.ac.uk/SIIP).

ExpandCloseDr Richard Harris

Dr Richard HarrisRichard is a lecturer in cognitive neuroscience with an interest in face processing and neuroplasticity. He gained his PhD at the Univeristy of York, and has held research postions at the Institute of Psychiarty, Kings College London, and University of Adelaide, Australia.

His research is divided into two general themes. Previously, he has investigated the neural representation of facial expression and identity. More recently, his interests have involved using TMS-EEG to investigate the relationship between neuroplasticity and cognitive performance.

His teaching responsibilities include Module Leader for Biological Psychology and Face Perception. He also teaches on the Psychology in the Media module, and Research Skills.

ExpandCloseDr Paul Penn

Dr Paul PennPaul is a senior lecturer in psychology at the University of East London and the author of the book 'The Psychology of Effective Studying: How to Succeed in Your Degree'. As a first-generation university student, Paul is passionate about empowering all students to succeed at degree level. He believes that helping students study more effectively is one of psychology's most important, yet unsung, benefits to society.

Paul is a fellow of Advance HE, a Chartered Psychologist and a member of the Division of Academics, Researchers and Teachers in Psychology. His current projects involve developing a YouTube channel that students from all disciplines can access to get free video-based advice on how to study effectively (www.youtube.com/psychologyofeffectivestudying).

Paul is the lead for the forthcoming Cyberpsychology BSc programme at UEL and has additional interests in psychological literacy and the public communication of science.