Dr David Scott is one of twelve of the University's very best teaching talents who were honoured at the annual Pilkington Prizes awards ceremony on 15 June 2011. The prizewinners received their awards from the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, during a reception at Homerton College.
Dr Scott is Deputy Head (Teaching) at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology. He has been instrumental in developments of the course which have broadened the undergraduate curriculum, to the considerable benefit of students.
David has examined and been Chairman of Examiners in all parts of the Tripos. He has taken on the highest level of responsibility for the management of teaching activities in the Department, and provides expert and reliable guidance to the Head of Department in all teaching matters. The success of the Chemical Engineering Tripos is in very large part attributable to David’s dedicated work.
Head of Department Professor Nigel Slater said, "David has brought his own valuable style and insight into his teaching and is much admired by students for the clarity of his exposition, depth of knowledge and his innovative approach to difficult aspects of the discipline. Over his long and successful career David has brought his approach to the teaching of a wide range of courses in all parts of the Chemical Engineering Tripos, with uniformly good responses in student questionnaires. Equally importantly, David has taken on the highest level of responsibility for the management of teaching activities in the Department and has been instrumental in introducing entirely new teaching modules that have broadened the undergraduate curriculum to the considerable benefit of student experience. He has been quick to grasp the importance of new materials, from bio- to entrepreneurship, and has incorporated these into our Tripos. His impact on course innovation and the introduction of new teaching modules is exemplary."
The Pilkington Teaching Prizes were established in 1994 by businessman and alumnus of Trinity College, Sir Alastair Pilkington. The aim was to ensure that excellence in teaching at the University was given proper recognition.
Previous winners from this department are Dr Patrick Barrie (2008), Dr Geoff Moggridge (2004) and Dr Ian Wilson (2000).
Photographs by Michael Cameron.