University of Otago award-winner for top lecturer, Prof Mark Stringer. Photo by Jane Dawber.
The winner of this year's University of Otago award for top
lecturer says teaching an interesting subject and having
motivated students are behind his success.
Anatomy lecturer Prof Mark Stringer was among 10 staff vying
for the Otago University Students' Association (OUSA) title
of the university's top teacher, after being nominated by
Among the accolades from students who nominated Prof Stringer
were that he made "everything seem easy" and had a "wicked
sense of humour".
After receiving the award at a ceremony this week, he said
that when he heard the comments from his students read out he
did not believe they could be talking about him.
"I didn't think they were describing me, I thought it was
clearly someone else," Prof Stringer said.
He credited his success to anatomy being an stimulating
subject and to his having motivated students.
"I love my subject ... anatomy is the coolest subject, there
is nothing more important or fascinating in my book than the
human body, but also it's such a joy to teach medical
students because they are so motivated and they are such an
For the third year running, senior lecturer Dr Gill
Rutherford picked up the inclusive award, which recognises
"excellence in inclusive teaching and a commitment to
understanding disability as a human rights issue".
The other staff awarded for their teaching were Tony Zaharic,
Dr Tony Schneiders, Paul Pearce, Dr Nicola Atwool, Haruko
Stuart, Flavia Rubini-Lean, David Bishop, Dr Constantin
Grigorut and Suzanne Duncan.
OUSA student support manager Matt Tucker said the awards gave
students the chance to recognise teachers who made "every
"There may be academic awards out there but you can't beat
the voices of the students".