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Celebration for winners of prizes for excellence in teaching in 2022, 2021 and 2020

The Pilkington Prizes 2022 for excellence in teaching were awarded at Newnham College on 5 July 2022, the first in-person ceremony since the pandemic halted the 2020 and 2021 events. Winners from 2020 and 2021 joined a celebration in Newnham College gardens and hall.

The event was hosted by Professor Graham Virgo, Senior Pro-Vice Chancellor (Education), who explained that the 12 winners of the 2022 awards had been recognised for their “innovative, inspiring and inclusive approach.” Professor Virgo said: “Cambridge offers some of the world’s best research-led teaching, that is student-focused and tailored to the individual, balancing the large-scale, the technological and the new with the individual and tried-and-true methods. What stands out about the teachers we are celebrating today is that they share a gift for explaining complex subjects lucidly so as to make them clear and accessible – to students, and in many cases, through their outreach work, accessible to wider audiences as well.”

The Pilkington Prizes are awarded annually to members of academic staff in recognition of their contributions to teaching excellence in support of Cambridge undergraduate and postgraduate education. They were initiated by Sir Alastair Pilkington, who believed that the quality of teaching was crucial to the University's success.

The full list of this year’s prize winners and their achievements is available on CCTL Pilkington Prize.