The sixteenth annual OxTALENT awards ceremony was held at the Oxford Martin School on Wednesday 14th June. In total, 87 entries had been received (a record!), and their quality was reflected in the number of awards made: 23 across the seven categories.
This year the entries in each category were co-judged by a member of Academic IT and an expert from elsewhere in the University. A number of the specialist co-judges were able to attend the ceremony and announce the award-winners; we thank Dr Julia Horn (Innovative Teaching and Learning), Tom Fuller (Digital Media), Lesley Paterson (Public Engagement) and James Slattery (Outreach and Widening Participation).
Invited talks were given by Professor Sir Paul Collier, Professor Emma Smith and two of the winners: Dr Janet Smart (Innovative Teaching and Learning) and Dr Niall Winters (Outreach and Widening Participation). (Read about the guest speakers.)
Sir Paul drew powerful comparisons and contrasts between the classroom programmes run by Workers' Education Association, which enabled his father to gain the education that he had missed by leaving school at 12, and the MOOC which Sir Paul led earlier this year and enabled over 47,000 learners in 196 countries to undertake studies that might otherwise have been impossible. It's worth pausing to reflect that 47,000 is more than twice the total student population of Oxford University. Furthermore, Sir Paul had been approached by total strangers as far afield as Nairobi and Berlin to express their appreciation of the MOOC.
In her closing talk, Emma thanked everyone involved in organising both the competition and the awards ceremony, and set the award-winners a challenge: to extend their innovative work to at least one other person in their workplace. Innovation comes not only from initiatives at the top, but also - and importantly - from the sharing of ideas and successes at the grass roots.
List all the OxTALENT 2017 winners, runners-up and recipients of honourable mentions.