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We are delighted to announce that Dr Ed Turner, ICE’s Academic Director for Biological Sciences, has been awarded a prestigious Pilkington Prize for his outstanding teaching.

The 22nd annual Pilkington Prizes, which honour excellence in teaching across the University of Cambridge, were held at Corpus Christi College on 23 June 2015.

Ed was one of 13 inspirational academics to receive an award from Professor Graham Virgo, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education.

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.

About Dr Ed Turner

Dr Ed Turner gained his BA in Natural Sciences from Girton College, before continuing to study for his PhD in the Insect Ecology Group at the Department of Zoology, Cambridge. Since then, he has worked with the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire (BCN) Wildlife Trust, investigating butterfly diversity on chalk grassland reserves and with Imperial College, London running the Stability of Altered Forest Ecosystems Project in Sabah – one of the largest ecological experiments in the world.

Ed joined the Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) in January 2012 as Academic Director and ICE Teaching Officer in Biological Sciences. He is also an affiliated researcher in the Insect Ecology Group, University Museum of Zoology, and a Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge.

As well as being a charismatic and enthusiastic science communicator, Dr Turner supervises undergraduate and graduate students, gives lectures for the Department of Zoology, and is Director of Studies for Part 1A Evolution and Behaviour at Clare College. Outside the University, he has presented over 70 public lectures since 2006.

As ICE Teaching Officer, Dr Turner has made an enormous difference to ICE’s Biological Sciences teaching and strengthened our links to the School of Biological Sciences, particularly to Zoology, and to the Museums and Collections.

Ed’s teaching includes short courses on topics including evolution, zoological collecting, and the secret lives of insects. He also leads well-received biodiversity tours of Madingley.

Ed has designed and delivered several new University of Cambridge qualifications in the last three years, including a Certificate and Diploma in Evolutionary Biology and an Advanced Diploma in Ecological Monitoring and Conservation. Some of his teaching is fully online and his associated open-access online tasters are very popular.

Dr Turner is full of creative ideas and is a committed and collaborative colleague who contributes fully to the Institute’s work.

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