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Clocktower event honours teaching award recipients

Thursday, 21 September 2017 9:30pm

Vice-Chancellor Professor Harlene Hayne (right) with Otago’s 2017 recipients of national sustained excellence awards (from left) Dr Brad Hurren, Haruko Stuart and Dr Ruth Fitzgerald. Photo: Sharron Bennett.

Three Otago academics were honoured for receiving national sustained excellence awards at a ceremony with the Vice-Chancellor this week.

The ceremony was attended by the colleagues and families of the award winners.

"By educating both the young hearts and young minds you are changing the world, one individual at a time."

The awards were for Anatomy Teaching Fellow Dr Bradley Hurren, in recognition of his enthusiasm in creating an inclusive, supportive teaching environment and instilling a passion for science in students; Haruko Stuart - Teaching Fellow in Japanese (Department of Languages and Cultures) for her student-centred and communicative approach to nurturing citizens of the world; and Associate Professor Ruth Fitzgerald of Anthropology and Archaeology for creating life-changing learning spaces where students explore the nature of being human in the broadest sense.

When acknowledging the success of the trio Professor Hayne said that at recruitment events she repeats to words of Nelson Mandela: “Education is the most powerful weapon we have to change the world,” and the Dali Lama: “When educating young minds, do not forget to educate their hearts.”

“That is what the award-winning teachers in this room do each and every day,” Professor Hayne said. “By educating both the young hearts and young minds you are changing the world, one individual at a time.”

The Otago academics received their national sustained excellence awards from the Hon Paul Goldsmith, Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment at a ceremony at Parliament in August.