Sarah Baillie of the Royal Veterinary College has won the MostInnovative Teacher of the Year at the Times Higher Education Awards2009 ceremony held at the Grosvenor House Hotel onOctober 15.

Ann Mroz (left) and Sarah BaillieDr Baillie was one of six academics shortlisted for the award but pipped the others to the post thanks to her outstanding work in the field.

The fifth Times Higher Education Awards, run in association with Iskandar Malaysia and supported by the Joint Information Systems Committee and Research Councils UK, honoured outstanding academic achievement in 18 categories, including several new awards. Categories included University of the Year, The Lord Dearing Lifetime Achievement Award and Excellence and Innovation in the Arts.

Ann Mroz, editor of Times Higher Education, said of the winning entry: “Sarah’s Haptic Cow really captured the imagination of the judges. This innovation has already had a positive impact on the way veterinary students learn and its international adoption proves its universal brilliance.”

Sarah Baillie teaches a class at RVCDr Baillie said: “I am thrilled to have won this prestigious award. The Haptic technology, including the cow, has been so well received by the students, making learning an enjoyable and rewarding experience for them.”

Over 1,100 people from all parts of higher education gathered to celebrate the sectors achievements at the ceremony. Other winners will be announced in the October 22 edition of Times Higher Education.

Stephen May, deputy principal and vice-principal (teaching) at theRVC, said: “This is a fantastic achievement. The RVC is a world-leaderin veterinary and biomedical teaching and research, as a result of theinspiring work of world class people like Sarah Baillie.”

The Royal Veterinary College was also shortlisted for the Widening Participation Initiative of the Year Award.

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