Jeremy Fernando, Senior Teaching Fellow and Jonathan Haskel, Professor of Economics were shortlisted from 407 nominees from across Imperial College London for a Student Academic Choice Award (SACA). The annual awards, hosted by Imperial College Union, give students the opportunity to recognise and celebrate staff for their excellence in teaching.
Jeremy has been Imperial College Business School’s Undergraduate Programme Director since February 2014, overseeing and teaching on business programmes for science and engineering students. He feels that teaching business subjects to other professions is a huge benefit, and is one reason he enjoys his profession: “Medics will have a big say in how the NHS is run. Seeing the reaction from them when they’ve learnt something that will help them makes my job worthwhile.”
With a background in accounting, Jeremy spent 10 years as a Senior Lecturer at Kingston University, before joining the Business School in August 2013. Jeremy greatly enjoys teaching at Imperial, saying: “I can’t see myself doing anything else. I teach great students!”
Jeremy’s openness and enthusiasm has made him popular with students and earned him the nomination for a SACA in the ‘Best Feedback’ category, something the Business School emphasises: “Students get a lot of individual attention. That’s part of how we like to do things here. Having our doors always open is a reflection of the general policy for students at the Business School.” Jeremy said.
On who influenced his teaching style, Jeremy says: “I’ve had around 40 to 50 lecturers so I’ve been lucky that I’ve been able to take inspiration from all of them. There’s probably one who particularly inspired me when I was doing my training. Even though it was around 20 years ago, when I’m teaching, I still think about how he did things and think – how would he explain this?”
The Business School is proud to have two finalists in the awards, with Jonathan Haskel shortlisted in the ‘Best Teaching for Postgraduates’ category. Jonathan says: “We are, I think, in the middle of a potentially revolutionary change in the type of teaching we can do, using the internet, videos and more participation in class. It’s very exciting to be teaching in the middle of that. I’m also really pleased to be in an institution that values teaching and supports these awards.”
“Teachers are respected and appreciated here. Being at such a renowned institution is just the icing on the cake,” Jeremy said.