Published: 11 March 2020

Professor Carol Lane wins the Tony Jeans Inspirational Teaching Prize

The latest recipient of the Tony Jeans Inspirational Teaching Prize is Professor Carol Lane.

Carol is a visiting professor in the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences and Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Surrey, and a clinical professor of Medicine at the University of British Columbia in Canada.

The award honours the memory and achievements of Tony Jeans, a popular member of the academic staff in Electronic Engineering who started in the department in 1971 and was regarded as a truly excellent educator. Tony was within sight of retirement when he sadly died unexpectedly from a heart attack in the summer of 2008.

The prize is given annually to the member of teaching staff in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering who students feel has made a telling difference to their understanding or the way they learn, or simply their desire to learn and be successful.

Professor Lane's areas of academic exploration include university-industry research at the interface of engineering and medicine.

“It was clear from the nominations received that Professor Lane was felt to be inspirational in the way in which she uses her cross-faculty and industrial experience to engage with students, motivating them to think beyond the box and achieve their best,” said Dr David Carey, Head of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. “Several students commended her for her exceptional presentation skills.

Also commended for their teaching were Prof Richard Bowden, Dr Tim Brown, Dr Yi Ma and Dr Carey himself.

“It’s an honour to receive this student-nominated award and motivating to teach such dynamic students as they prepare for careers with industrial partners,” said Professor Lane. “University of Surrey partnerships allow us to leverage research funding in the medical and engineering disciplines.

“We thank our industry, government and especially charity partners who support our students. For this reason, to honour Tony Jeans and as a clinician scientist, I am donating part of the proceeds of this award to the British Heart Foundation to encourage future collaborations.”

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