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A mathematician from the University of Birmingham has won a prestigious national teaching award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to learning and teaching.

Dr Christopher Sangwin, from the University’s School of Mathematics, is celebrating following the announcement in the Guardian today [27 June 2006] that he has secured a National Teaching Fellowship from the Higher Education Academy. Chris will be presented with his award at a ceremony and dinner in London on 19 September.

The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS), launched in 2000, recognises and rewards teachers and learning support staff in higher education in England and Northern Ireland for their excellence in teaching. It celebrates individuals who make an outstanding impact on the student learning experience.

Chris is one of 50 winners, chosen from a record 242 nominations submitted by higher education institutions across England and Northern Ireland, who will each receive awards of £10,000 to support their learning and teaching.

Chris is a Lecturer and Director of Learning and Teaching in the University’s School of Mathematics. He has made an exceptional contribution to the development of teaching and the support of learning in the School particularly in the area of computer-aided assessment (CAA).

He has also shown his devotion to teaching by developing a drop-in mathematics centre to provide additional learning support for students. He also volunteers to teach school students on Saturday mornings to try and engage young people with mathematics. A collection of these classes, co-authored by Chris was published by Oxford University Press in 2000.

Chris is currently working on a book for students entitled How Round is Your Circle? which will illustrate how simple physical models, such as coins can enhance our understanding of maths.


Further information: Ben Hill – Press Officer, University of Birmingham Tel: 0121 414 5134 / mob: 07789 921163 /

Rachel Robson – Head of News Team, University of Birmingham Tel: 0121 414 6681 / mob: 07789 921165 / email: