Wednesday 23 March 2016 5:46pm
Congratulations to Dr Brad Hurren who won the Most Inclusive Teacher Award at the Otago University Students' Association awards night. Voted on by the students, the inclusive teaching award "recognises excellence in inclusive teaching and a commitment to understanding disability as a human rights issue, thus enriching the Otago experience for students who have a disability, impairment or medical condition, an honours a university staff member whose teaching and actions exemplify the ideas of inclusivity and advances equity and opportunities for all students".
Dr Hurren, who teaches into 100-level HUBS and 200-level ANAT and PHTY papers, said he is humbled by the recognition from the students. "I love that my job allows me to get to the know the students and to work alongside those who just need a little bit of a helping hand to achieve their goals."
"It's very rewarding when you see that light-bulb moment when someone suddenly understands something, or you go that extra mile to provide a student with the right environment for them to shine."
In presenting the award to Dr Hurren, Disability Information and Support Manager, Melissa Lethaby said that his name clearly stood out from all the nominations received. She shared some of the comments made by the students:
"He has always got time for everyone, and tries his best to relate the material to something simple. He's got an awesome way of communicating! I learn so much from him! Shot bro!"
"Amazing lecturer! Helpful, caring and makes you feel interested in the topics. Goes above and beyond what he is required to do."
"Always going out of his way to help students. He comes down to your level and explains hard concepts in a way you can benefit from. He is also a very approachable lecturer, making learning much more fun and effective. You can tell he is doing it for the students."
"Teaches in a way that I understand fully, makes things simple and easy to follow."
"Always includes diverse ways of learning. HE IS AWESOMEEEEE"
Dr Hurren also received an Appreciation Award from the Disability Information and Support Centre in 2014.
Head of the Department of Anatomy, Professor Neil Gemmell said he was very proud of Brad's achievements and the award was apt recognition for an extremely dedicated and talented teacher.