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Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience


We are delighted to hear that Deputy Head of Teaching Professor Steve Edgley is one of the winners of the 2024 Pilkington Prize. Initiated by Sir Alastair Pilkington, the Pilkington Prizes are awarded annually to members of academic staff in recognition of their contributions to teaching excellence in support of Cambridge undergraduate and postgraduate education. 

As Head of Teaching, Prof. Steve Edgley has a significant leadership role in course management and development, coordinating the teaching portfolio for Medical, Veterinary and Natural Science students and building consensus and agreement between a large number of academics with very different views about course content and teaching practices. He also delivers an exceptionally high standard of teaching and scholarship and has shown a sustained and outstanding commitment to improving and adapting courses, particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic. Steve has exceptional communication skills and an enviable record of introducing novel approaches to reduce the teaching burden on students and improve their mental health. These innovative methods have transformed the understanding of challenging topics, enhanced clinical integration and successfully incorporated modern technologies. The feedback from students is outstanding and consistently amongst the highest in the department.

Prof. Edgley's colleagues are unanimous about the enthusiasm and creativity that he brings to all of the activities he undertakes and especially to the remarkable contributions he makes to all aspects of teaching. He has provided mentorship in teaching to several generations of new lecturers in the department to guide them on their first steps as a UTO.

Our congratulations to Professor Edgley and all of the prize winners.