Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Winner of the 2011 Nigel Messsenger Contribution to Teaching Award announced!

Monday, 09 May 2011


On Friday 6th May, at a farewell Barbecue event for final year English students, the winner of the 2011 Nigel Messenger Contribution to Teaching Award was announced as Dr Eric White.

Eric White receiving the award from Caroline Jackson-Houlston, with final year students Dan Martin, Charlie Burridge, Tori Wilkes, and Ruhul Crorie

The award is made in recognition of the member of the department who delivers the most inspirational teaching, as voted for online by undergraduate and postgraduate students on English Department programmes; English, Drama and Creative Writing.  The name of the award is in honour of previous Field Chair of the undergraduate programme Nigel Messenger, who retired from the department after 35 years in 2008.

Eric, who joined the department in September 2009, was delighted to receive the award from last year’s winner, Caroline Jackson-Houlston, saying “I consider myself privileged to teach English students at Oxford Brookes, who have been a constant source of inspiration from day one. Equally, the teaching team at this University set excellent standards to aspire to, and together with the Department staff, have been overwhelmingly supportive since I arrived here. It's an honour and a delight (and something of a shock!) to receive this award, and I'm very grateful to both staff and students”.

In the voting process, students were invited to comment on the reasons for their choice of vote, and these included;

Eric White is always willing to help and actually believes in me. He's the one lecturer I've learnt the most from, and had fun doing so!Eric White is the most inspirational teacher. He is the most enthusiastic, approachable and encouraging member of the department. His classes are always the most productive and stimulating.Eric White is an amazing lecturer and always captivates attention, he is a fun teacher and makes you want to listen. He was teaching me on my open day and part of the reason I chose to attend Brookes.