Teaching Excellence at St Edmund’s


St Edmund’s Fellow Dr Folma Buss, a Reader in Molecular and Cellular Dynamics in the Department of Clinical Biochemistry and the Director of Graduate Studies at the Cambridge Institute for Medical Research, has been awarded a prestigious 2018 Pilkington Teaching Prize.


The Pilkington Prizes were initiated by Sir Alastair Pilkington – graduate of Trinity College, engineer, businessman and the first Chairman of the Cambridge Foundation – who passionately believed that teaching excellence was crucial to Cambridge’s future success.


The disparate fields of the prize recipients reveal the diversity of teaching at Cambridge, but certain unifying themes emerge, in particular a focus on the individual student, the value of research-led teaching, the continuing importance of one-to-one teaching, innovation in teaching practice, interdisciplinary approaches, and above all, dedication to students


The School of Clinical Medicine nominated Folma for the award in particular recognition of the excellence of her contribution to postgraduate teaching. The Master, Matthew Bullock, commended Dr Buss, on receiving such an accolade and commented “teaching is such an important skill to celebrate, the College is incredibly pleased to see Folma rewarded in this way”.


The Pilkington Prizes are organised by The Cambridge Centre for Teaching and Learning, which supports staff by providing training, developing networks, hosting events and encouraging and funding innovation. The Centre also provides a focus for strategic priorities within Cambridge and for engaging with national and international developments in higher education.