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Dr Wendy Hein wins 2014-15 BETA Award

Birkbeck academic has been recognised for her innovative and inter-disciplinary approach to teaching, learning and assessment

Dr Wendy Hein

Dr Wendy Hein has been recognised for her innovative and inter-disciplinary approach to teaching, learning and assessment in an annual Birkbeck award scheme.

Dr Hein, who is a lecturer within the College’s Department of Management, has been selected as the winner of the Birkbeck Excellence in Teaching Award (BETA) for 2014-2015. An integral part of the College’s Learning and Teaching Strategy, BETA supports and encourages excellence in teaching and learning by providing formal recognition of pedagogic achievement.

Dr Hein co-ordinates a working group within the marketing subject discipline that seeks to integrate gender equality into management education – a group which forms part of the United Nations Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME).

In her teaching role she seeks to integrate these transdisciplinary approaches into her two main Marketing modules - namely consumer behaviour and public relations. Specifically, she aims to be particularly innovative in developing assessment that facilitates critical and transformative learning.

Commenting on Dr Hein’s selection for the BETA Award, lead panellist Dr Elizabeth Hoult said: “My fellow panel members and I extend our warm congratulations to Wendy for her selection for the award.

“We were very impressed with the way that she combines an innovative, often inter-disciplinary approach to pedagogy with a strong commitment to ethics and responsibility in the teaching of marketing.”

Professor Kevin Ibeh, head of the Department of Management said: “I would like to congratulate Dr Wendy Hein on her winning the coveted Birkbeck Excellence in Teaching Award. The Department of Management salutes and celebrates her wonderful achievement as it illustrates, yet again, the healthy symbiosis between active research engagement and the delivery of top quality student learning experience.”

Dr Hein will receive her £1,000 prize at Birkbeck’s graduation ceremony next year. Before then, as is customary for all BETA recipients, she will give a seminar based on her work, which will be open to all staff, in the autumn term. Details of the seminar will be published in due course on the Centre for Transformative Practice in Learning and Teaching webpage.

Commenting on her selection for the accolade, she said: “I feel extremely privileged to have my work recognised by the panel. I hope to further emphasise the importance of teaching, on a micro and macro scale, and the need to acknowledge opportunities and responsibilities we have as educators.

“I am very grateful that Birkbeck values my initiatives and it gives me great motivation to continue further in this direction.”

Dr Hein recently contributed to a publication, Integrating Gender Equality into Business and Management Education. She and her co-authors also make reference to a repository of teaching material, collated by the gender equality working group that can be accessed by anyone. To find out more, visit the wikispace.

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