The School of Geography and the Environment's Academic Administrator, Dr Lorraine Wild, has won a Divisional Teaching Excellence Award for Outstanding Achievement.

The Divisional Teaching Awards formally recognize the outstanding contribution to teaching and learning and the academic development of students shown by colleagues across the Social Sciences Division.

Lorraine has been working at the University of Oxford since 1993 when she joined St Hilda's as a college tutor. Prior to that she studied at St Edmund Hall as an undergraduate and graduate. She is now College Dean and Fellow and Tutor in Geography at St Hilda's and is also Fellow by Special Election at St Edmund Hall, as well as a college lecturer at Worcester College and Regent's Park.

Since the last Divisional Teaching Excellence Awards there has been a huge change in how teaching is carried out around the University and around the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Despite this, Lorraine has found that staff and students have adapted well to the change in teaching and that it has had some advantages. She said, "Adapting to teaching undergraduate tutorials online has been surprisingly easy and I have been impressed by how positively students embraced the change There are even some benefits to online teaching. Students have been keen to share with us link to additional readings and the online platform made it very easy to exchange materials. I will be glad to return to face-to-face teaching but it was good to see that the value of the Oxford tutorial survived the challenges of remote teaching."