Dr Jenny Koenig’s dedication and innovation acknowledged by CUSU Student-led Teaching Award

24 May 2015

Dr Jenny Koenig, College Dean and Director of Medical Studies at Lucy Cavendish College, the only women’s college in the country for students aged over 21, was delighted to receive an Award at the recent CUSU Student-Led Teachers' Awards.

The annual Cambridge University Student Union (CUSU) Student-Led Teaching Awards highlight the excellent support provided to students across the University of Cambridge.

Students are invited to nominate University staff who have enhanced their educational experience. This year 265 nominees were put forward including lecturers, supervisors, tutors, chaplains, librarians and custodians.

Dr Koenig was announced as a winner in the Supervisor Awards Category, at a ceremony on Tuesday, 12th May 2015. Lucy Cavendish Fellow Dr Ruth Abbott also recieved a special mention in this category. Rob Richardson, CUSU Education Officer, said:

"It has been a pleasure to read the quality and passion of the testimonies from students. The CUSU Teaching Awards provide a great opportunity to highlight the world-class teaching that students at Cambridge have access to, and the ceremony itself was an extremely enjoyable occasion.”

Dr Koenig is passionate about training and educating students in science, and has developed innovative teaching methods, particularly through the use of technology. An extract from her nomination explains how Jenny’s commitment really makes a difference to her students:

“She [Jenny] has developed her own formula of teaching from several different angles to suit different students. We always feel that, with regards especially to the practical component of the course, she makes everything better. She has many tips and supports our learning by telling us perhaps the best ways of studying to get things into our head.

In general her ability to summarise and draw together different related parts of the course is really refreshing and allows students to see the big picture. She is friendly and welcoming and she genuinely cares about supporting us through the course. Students often say: 'don't worry, Jenny will get you through'."

Jenny's innovative approach to teaching was highlighted in 2006 with a nomination for a National Teaching Fellowship Award by the University of Cambridge. Her innovations include a site within the CamTools Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) which she uses to support her teaching, plus a number of online courses, including Essential Maths for Medics and Vets developed in collaboration with CETL and CARET to help medical and veterinary students gain confidence in the mathematical skills required for their future professions

Outside the University, Jenny runs Science ETC providing training and CPD for scientists, online innovative techniques and learning materials, as well as outreach projects for schools. She is also a member of the steering group Cambridge AWiSE which works to retain and enhance the participation of women in science, engineering and technology careers.

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About Lucy Cavendish College

Lucy Cavendish is the only women's college in Europe exclusively for students aged 21 or over, and a unique part of the University of Cambridge. Its undergraduate and postgraduate students come from over sixty countries, and a wide variety of educational and professional backgrounds. Many have changed careers or overcome significant challenges in order to reach University. The College is particularly strong in Medicine, Law, Engineering, Veterinary Medicine, Psychology, the Social Sciences and English. 2015 marks the 50th Anniversary of the foundation of Lucy Cavendish College in 1965

Contact information:

Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge – Jeanette Ariano, Communications & Marketing Manager, 01223 768426 ja530@cam.ac.uk

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