Nearly 600 nominations were received for this year's CUSU Student-Led Teaching Awards. Fellow Dr Susan Larsen was commended by students for innovative teaching this year; Dr Hero Chalmers, Dr Gabriel Glickman and Dr Matt Neal were shortlisted.
Dr Susan Larsen (pictured top left), who is Director of Studies in Modern and Medieval Languages, teaches Russian and specialises in Soviet and post-Soviet literary and visual culture. She has recently pioneered Russian ‘taster days’ at Fitzwilliam College. Her commendation read: "We commend Susan Larsen in the innovative teaching category for encouraging students to engage with their course outside the traditional curriculum."
Dr Hero Chalmers (pictured bottom right), Director of Studies in English, who specialises in seventeenth-century literature with a particular interest in politics and women's writing, was shortlisted for Pastoral support. Dr Gabriel Glickman (pictured top right) Director of Studies in History, who specialises in politics and religion in Britain and its overseas colonies 1660-1750, was shortlisted for Undergraduate supervisor (arts and humanities); and Bye-Fellow Dr Matt Neal (pictured bottom left) who teaches History, for Supporting Students.
CUSU's Student-Led Teaching Awards are now in their fourth year and exist to recognise outstanding teaching and student support across Cambridge University and its Colleges. They are a unique opportunity for students to recognise the exceptional contribution of teaching and non-teaching staff to their education at Cambridge, allowing students to nominate the staff they believe are deserving of recognition.
Dr Matt Neal also received a supervisor commendation last year. Dr Neal (History 2003) is a historian of late seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Britain currently researching the political background to debate about religious toleration. Dr Jason Rentfrow was commended in 2015, and former JRF Dr Philine zu Ermgassen in 2014.