Congratulations to Dr Nik Cunniffe who has been awarded one of the University’s Pilkington Teaching Awards for 2015. This is in recognition of Nik’s outstanding contribution to explaining the delights of mathematical biology to undergraduates. Since his appointment as a Lecturer in 2008 he has taught mathematical modelling, statistics, ecology and computing to students of first year Mathematical Biology, second year Plant and Microbial Sciences, third year Ecology/Zoology and fourth year Systems Biology. A particular interest is making the computational tools that pervade modern biology accessible to undergraduate students. He will receive his award from the Pro-Vice Chancellor for Education, Professor Graham Virgo, at a ceremony in June.
The prizes are awarded annually to academic staff, with candidates nominated by Schools within the University. The Pilkington Prizes were initiated by Sir Alastair Pilkington, the first Chairman of the Cambridge Foundation, who believed passionately that the quality of teaching was crucial to Cambridge’s success.