Lecturer wins Teaching Excellence Award

18 May 2023

Huge congratulations to Magdalen lecturer Michael Leadbetter for winning a prestigious and highly competitive Division of Social Science Teaching Excellence Award. 

The University of Oxford’s Social Sciences Division holds annual awards to formally recognise the outstanding contributions to teaching, learning, and the academic development of students shown by colleagues of the department at any career stage. Michael has won an Early Career Award in recognition of the high levels of innovation and expertise in teaching at this stage in his career. 

On winning the award, Michael said, “My classrooms are noisy places, bubbling with conversation, enthusiasm, fizzing with the intoxication of learning and new ideas. I aspire to cultivate in my students an academic curiosity and intellectual creativity with which to take on the world.”

Michael is a lecturer in Archaeology at Magdalen College, and a Clarendon Scholar in the School of Archaeology at the University of Oxford. He teaches Archaeology and Anthropology at Oxford, and holds the Cyril and Philis Long Fellowship in Social Sciences at The Queen’s College Oxford. He is also a researcher on the ‘Sites at the Intersection of Cultural and natural Heritage’ project (SXNCH) based in the Oxford School of Geography and the Environment.