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Department of Earth Sciences


Dr Ed Tipper has been awarded the prestigious Pilkington Prize in recognition of his teaching excellence.

Dr Tipper, who is Lecturer in Earth Sciences and Director of Studies at St John's, said: “I’m absolutely delighted to receive this award. There’s nothing more rewarding than managing to inspire the next generation about the physical, chemical and biological functioning of our planet. The quality of the students here mean that there is always something new to learn for oneself.

“I’ve been incredibly fortunate to be able to take students with me on my fieldwork expeditions to Nepal and South-East Asia, something I hope I can return to next year. It’s been the most unusual year for teaching, the most demanding that I can ever remember. Not only a challenge, this was also an opportunity to make improvements over many of the things we do.” 

The Pilkington Prize was set up in 1994 by Sir Alastair Pilkington, who believed that the quality of teaching was crucial to the University’s success. The prizes are awarded to individuals who make a substantial contribution to the teaching programme of a Department, Faculty or the University as a whole. Nominations are made by each of the six Schools.

Ed is among 13 winners of the prize this year, which is annually awarded by the University of Cambridge Centre for Teaching and Learning.

A virtual ceremony is being planned for Tuesday 29 June, where we look forward to celebrating all thirteen Prize Winners.


You can learn more about Ed's research and field work in the following video:


Adapted from an original news story by St John's.