These are the nominees for the Leiden Teaching Prize 2023
Paul Gobée (LUMC), Kirsty Rolfe (Humanities) and Frank Takes (Science) have been nominated for the Leiden Teaching Prize 2023.
Every year the Leiden University Student Platform (LUS) presents the Leiden Teaching Prize to the best lecturer of the year. The prize goes to the lecturer who gives the most inspiring classes. Students can nominate lecturers and the LUS makes a shortlist of three finalists. The prize will be awarded at the opening of the academic year on 4 September.
Gobée teaches at the LUMC and was nominated by his students for his drive and passion for his field. He uses different approaches, ‘from crafts assignments in the dissection room to extra films and animations’, which means the material is offered clearly and in a variety of ways, say the students. ‘Gobée uses all the methods possible, and then some. That is what makes his teaching so effective. He presents the material in as many different ways as possible.’ His students describe his teaching methods as ‘the best teaching a student could wish for’.
Rolfe creates a safe and open environment in her lessons and always makes sure everyone feels welcome. Her students describe her as enthusiastic and inspiring. The atmosphere she creates in her lessons helps everyone feel involved and makes space for delving deep into the subject matter. She loves her field and lets this show. She also uses drama as a teaching method. ‘She almost becomes an actor and where possible demonstrates what she is talking about’, say her students. ‘She makes Leiden a much nicer place to study.’
Takes’ classes are never boring: according to his students, he always manages to explain things in an inspiring way, for example by applying the theory to real life. His students also describe him as funny, adding: ‘The way he presents and speaks is hugely inspiring and professional. It’s not easy for students to lose concentration during his lectures. He makes an enormous effort for the students and this doesn’t go unnoticed. We tremendously appreciate him.’