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23 Oct 2007

OU PhD student is Teacher of the Year

Singer Matt Willis presents Guardian award to Ian Jamison

Singer Matt Willis presents Guardian award to Ian Jamison

Ian Jamison, a PhD student in the OU's Religious Studies Department, has won the 2007 Guardian Award for Teacher of the Year in a Secondary School.

The judges said of Ian: "Since arriving at Kingsbridge (Kingsbridge Community College, South Devon), Ian has shaken the religious studies department upside down. He has brought into school representatives from faiths as far apart as Pagans and the Church Army, taken a group of sixth formers to India to study Buddhism, Hinduism and Sikhism, and led an expedition up a local moorland, when students were studying the concept of pilgrimage. He has fundamentally remodelled the curriculum, and his GCSE students somehow manage to get through their course in half the usual time, and still do well."

Ian’s PhD research is on embodied ethics and is supervised by Dr Graham Harvey and Dr Marion Bowman of the Religious Studies department.

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