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Queen’s lecturer wins national teaching prize

Dr Chris Colvin

A Queen’s University lecturer has been named the 2013 Economics Network Best New Lecturer.

Dr Chris Colvin, a lecturer in economics at Queen’s University Management School, won the national teaching prize in recognition of exemplary teaching practice that encourages understanding of and interest in economics.

The award, judged by the Conference of Heads of University Departments of Economics, is designed to recognise the best economics lecturer working in the UK who is less than three years in first post.

Speaking about his award, Dr Colvin said: “I am honoured to have received such recognition for my work.  Queen’s is devoted to excellence in teaching and learning and I am delighted that my contribution to that has been recognised in this way.  I intend to continue to deliver world-class economics education here at Queen’s.”

Professor Rob Gilles, Head of the Queen’s University Management School, said: “We are absolutely delighted that Chris’s excellent work in the classroom has been formally recognised in this way.  Through his innovative teaching and assessment methods, Chris has really made economics come alive in the classroom.  Students have been very receptive to the approaches he has taken and to his overall enthusiasm and passion for the subject area.”

The Economics Network supports the higher education economics community and aims to enhance the quality of learning and teaching in economics higher education. It does this by developing and disseminating teaching resources, undertaking research into economics education, running training events and conferences and recognising outstanding teaching though an annual awards scheme.

Dr Alvin Birdi, Undergraduate Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law at the University of Bristol, who coordinates the Economics Network, said: “The judging panel was impressed by how well-thought out Chris’ industrial economics module was both in terms of teaching and assessment. In particular, Chris stood out compared to the other nominees because of the range of innovative teaching methods he uses, making an exceptionally engaging and effective economics module, worthy of an award.”

Chris teaches second-year and final-year undergraduate students at Queen’s University Management School as part of its rigorous up-to-date economics programmes which have a proven track-record of preparing students for graduate study and careers in areas such as management, consultancy, financial services, teaching and public service.

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Media inquiries to Claire O’Callaghan, Queen’s University Communications Office, Tel: +44 (0)28 9097 5391 email:

Notes to Editors:

·         Dr Chris Colvin is available for interview.  Interview bids to Claire O’Callaghan Queen’s University Communications Office, Tel: +44 (0)28 9097 5391 email:

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