Lucy Cavendish Fellow wins Pilkington Prize

7 July 2016

Lucy Cavendish Fellow Dr Karen Ottewell has been awarded a 2016 Pilkington Prize for excellent teaching in her role as Director of Academic Development and Training for International Students at the Language Centre.

Dr Ottewell’s work at the Language Centre involves providing training and support to assist international students at the University in further developing and honing the skills required to succeed in an English-speaking academic context. In addition to this role, she is also a Graduate Tutor and Acting Praelector at Lucy Cavendish College and Senior Treasurer of the Boat Club.

Sir Alastair Pilkington, the founder of the Pilkington Prize, believed passionately in the importance of education and wanted excellent teaching to be supported and rewarded at the University. He recognized that high calibre teaching was crucial to Cambridge’s continuing success.

12 prizes were awarded in total in 2016 and other winners included a biochemist, clinicians, a computer scientist, an engineer, a geographer, a historian, a material scientist, a philosopher, a neuroscientist and a social anthropologist.

Dr Karen Ottewell comments: “Winning this prize hasn’t really sunk in yet. I feel very honored at the recognition of not only my work but also that of my team at the Language Centre.”

College President Jackie Ashley said: “We are delighted to hear about Karen's award.  As a new Fellow as Lucy Cavendish she is already making her mark and we are proud to have her on board."

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About Lucy Cavendish

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, Veterinary Medicine, Psychology, the Social Sciences and English.

Contact information

Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge – Kate Coghlan, 01223 339243,

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