Inaugural award given to two Newnham academics whose teaching has led to exceptional results

Dr Mander and Dr Watts with their graduating students

The ‘truly excellent’ teaching of two Directors of Studies has been honoured after they were jointly awarded a prize.

Dr Jenny Mander and Dr Sheila Watts, who are both Directors of Studies in Modern and Medieval Languages (MML), are the first recipients of The Terri Apter Teaching Prize.

The prize was established to mark the retirement of Dr Apter from the post of Senior Tutor at Newnham College. Dr Apter, a renowned psychologist and writer, was Senior Tutor at Newnham for 15 years and was awarded a Leverhulme Emeritus Fellowship after she retired from the post in 2015.

The teaching prize in her name will be awarded biennially to the College Lecturer, Director of Studies, or Special Supervisor whose teaching has either been of the greatest benefit to Newnham students or whose subject has shown excellent and improved academic results.

Five out of seven graduating MML students this year got a 1st, and all of the finalists got a 1st or a 2:1.

Professor Liba Taub, current Senior Tutor at Newnham, awarded the prize to Dr Mander and Dr Watts.

She said: “This prize has been given to Dr Mander and Dr Watts to recognise the truly excellent teaching that they have provided and organised for the great benefit of our students in MML.

“The outstanding results achieved in 2017 are the culmination of their joint efforts – and a great deal of teamwork – over the years.

“It is with much gratitude and sincere appreciation that the award of the Terri Apter Teaching Prize is made to Dr Mander and Dr Watts.”

Photo caption: Dr Mander, left, with Dr Watts and some of their graduating MML finalists