OxTALENT 2016: The winners are announced


Kate Lindsay of Academic IT Services hosted the ceremony

The 2016 OxTALENT awards ceremony was held at the Oxford Martin School on Tuesday 14th June. We were honoured by the presence in our midst, not only of three Pro-Vice-Chancellors (one of them a recipient of an OxTALENT award himself!), but also the Vice-Chancellor herself. Professor Richardson offered her warm congratulations to the winners, runners-up and honourable mentions. In her brief address she also re-emphasised the importance of technology in scholarly activity at Oxford, and in sharing the wealth of the resources in the University’s libraries and collections with the wider world.

Below we list all the winners, runners-up and recipients of honourable mentions. To read more about the entries in a particular category, click the heading. We’ll also be adding many of the winning entries (and others too) to our collection of case studies over the coming weeks.

WebLearn is the University’s Virtual Learning Environment, used by colleagues across all divisions to support their students’ learning. However, it is also being used productively in outreach activities, and this is reflected in the 2016 awards.

Use of WebLearn to Support Teaching and Learning

Winner: Dr Heath Rose for Using WebLearn to Deliver a Part-Time, Distance Online course for Busy Learners
Runners-up: Christina Hell and Martin Hurajt for Virtual Classrooms at the Language Centre

Use of WebLearn to Support Outreach

Winner: Emma Searle for OxLAT: Oxford Latin Teaching Scheme Online Learning Hub

This is a general category in which we recognise people who have made creative use of digital technologies other than WebLearn in their teaching. It’s always an exciting category to judge because it reveals the many initiatives at the departmental and even individual levels that complement provision from the centre.

Winner: Professor Simon Benjamin for Flipped Classroom for First-Year Undergraduate Materials Students (Maths)
Runners-up: Dr Kenny Moore, Jon Mason, Dr Aartjan te Velthuis and Professor William James for Viral Outbreak Online ‘i-Case’ Teaching Platform
Honourable Mention: Dr Rebecca White and Dr John Ingram for Innovative Food Systems Teaching and Learning Programme (IFSTAL)

Student IT Innovation

This category of the OxTALENT competition is for students who have made creative use of digital technology in learning or research at Oxford. Winners have used or developed any technology (software or hardware) that has made a difference to the educational experience of other Oxford students as well as to their own.

Winner: Christopher Horton for The Anatomical Walkthrough

Academic Podcasting

Since the release of our first titles on iTunes U and the Oxford Podcasts website in 2008, podcasting is now an integral part of Oxford’s outreach activities, both to disseminate research and to provide educational materials for schools and colleges. It also increasingly features as a communications channel for an internal audience, a development which is reflected in this year’s winning entry.

Winner: Kevin Halon for the University of Oxford Counselling Service Podcast Series
Runner-up: Dr Cynthia Srikesavan for High Quality Physiotherapy Evidence in Tamil
Honourable Mention: Clare Coleman and William Mills for Living in the Stone Age

Outreach and Public Engagement

Since evidence of impact is now a key requirement of many funders, and global reach is a major priority of the University, it is unsurprising that researchers are devising creative ways to ensure that their work reaches the widest possible audience. The Outreach and Public Engagement category attracted by far the greatest number of entries in this year’s competition, and we have subdivided it into a) general outreach activities and b) outreach activities which focus on ways of harnessing the power of the crowd.

Outreach and Public Engagement – General

Winners: Professor Mary Bosworth, Andriani Fili, Dr Ines Hasselberg and Dr Sarah Turnbull for the Border Criminologies Website and Blog
Runner-up: Martin Handley for the UNIQ Virtual Learning Environment
Honourable Mention: Jamie Hartmann-Boyce and Gavin Hubbard for OxFAB (Oxford Food and Activity Behaviours): Our Preliminary Findings

Outreach and Public Engagement – Harnessing the Power of the Crowd

Winners: Dr Sarah Deakin, Zoe Reich, Matt Wenham and Chris Hayter for OxReach – #crowdtogether
Joint Runners-up: Dr Katharina Ulmschneider, Dr Sally Crawford, and Dr Janice Kinory for HEIR – Crowdsourcing and re-photographing old images to track global change
Joint Runner-up: Dr Fiona Whelan for The Medieval Text Translation Project

Data Visualisation

Software is making it easier to create data visualisations that are interactive and can be shared via the web. In this category of OxTALENT we look for visualisations that tell a story, provide an insight, make the complex simple or illustrate a beautiful pattern in a data set.

Winner: Dr Alfie Abdul-Rahman for Poetry Visualization on the Web
Joint Runner-up: David Ruvolo for Airport Security
Joint Runner-up: Robert McNeil for Explained: EU Migration to the UK
Honourable Mention: Raphael Leung for Oklahoma Demographics for Determining Lifeline Broadband Subsidies


Part of Alfie Abdul Rahman’s winning data visualisation

This category showcases some of the creative poster designs that are created around the University in support of teaching, research and outreach. With a wider acceptance of posters in all disciplines, including the Humanities, the designs submitted are very wide-ranging. Once again, it was thought appropriate to award prizes in two categories: Best Poster and Most Innovative Poster.

Best Poster

Winner: Arno Bosse, Miranda Lewis and Dobrochna Futro for Early Modern Letters Online
Runner-up: Edwin Dalmaijer for Life is Unfair and so is Speed-skating

Most Innovative Poster

Winner: Ellie Morgan-Jones for DECisions
Runner-up: Susila Davis for Are We There Yet?


Best poster: Early Modern Letters Online


Most innovative poster: DECisions

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