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Department of Sociology


We're proud to announce that Dr Ella McPherson has been awarded the 2022 Pilkington Teaching Prize in recognition of her exceptional contribution to the Sociology Department and excellence in teaching.

Dr Ella McPherson is an Associate Professor in the Sociology of New Media and Digital Technology and Director of Undergraduate Education at the Department of Sociology. Her success marks the third time in recent years that a member of the Department has received this special award, alongside Dr Manali Desai in 2019 and Dr Mónica Moreno-Figueroa in 2017. Comments on Dr McPherson's nomination read:

"Dr Ella McPherson’s hands-on approach to teaching about technology and her continual development of inclusive ways to teach with technology is exemplary. It is exactly the kind of teaching we want to promote within Sociology – innovative, caring, forward-looking, attentive to social inequality and always aiming high. Her courses – the Media, Culture & Society paper, the MPhil pathway in Media & Culture and the core second-year ‘Digital Societies’ module – are among the most popular in the Department. Student feedback on Ella’s teaching has consistently rated her as a caring, engaging and exciting lecturer whose lectures have remained influential to their thinking well beyond their time as a student in her classes."

"Ella’s contribution, moreover, reaches beyond excellent teaching to her incredible administrative contributions to the teaching work of the Department through the challenges of Covid. As Director of Undergraduate Education, she performed admirably, with her clear communicative style and attention to the smallest detail. Ella shows us how 21st-century teaching should look – accessible, engaging, technologically-savvy and aimed at addressing the most intractable global problems."

The department is delighted to have another member of staff selected to receive this prize and is hugely grateful for all of Dr McPherson's work.

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