2015 Teaching Excellence Awards
The School of Mathematics was delighted to learn that Dr. Jonathan Fraser, Lecturer in Pure Mathematics, has been voted 'Best Lecturer in the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences' at the recent Manchester Teaching Awards 2015.
The Students’ Union and the University worked in partnership to offer students the opportunity to nominate their inspirational teachers and outstanding support staff for a Manchester Teaching Award. Winners were chosen after being shortlisted and eventually selected by a panel comprising of students and senior University staff. The winners of these awards really make a positive difference to the lives of Manchester University students, and for these hard-working members of staff these awards provide recognition for the exceptional work they do.
The nomination for the award noted; 'Jonathan Fraser is genuinely a mathematical enthusiast and that really comes across in his lectures. He tries his best to explain the course content in a clear manner and makes it more interesting for his students and I can appreciate his sense of humour! He challenges us to do our best and believes and encourages his students. He is friendly and approachable and anyone can feel comfortable approaching him to ask questions, (I've known him to end a phone call in his office so that he can answer my maths questions!) He is mainly lecturing to Optometry students (mainly those who have not taken Mathematics at A-level), a course which is of course quite unrelated to maths, so for Jonathan to teach so well and motivate such students who are otherwise uninterested in mathematics is a real achievement and for this I believe he deserves the Best Lecturer award!'
Speaking after the awards, Jonathan said: 'I understand how important teaching is to the University of Manchester and it is very important to me also, so I am both delighted and humbled to receive this recognition. I love teaching and am greatly looking forward to future opportunities and challenges involved in engaging students with mathematics. I would also like to thank everyone in the department who has helped make my first year of teaching here such an enjoyable experience.'