National teaching award for Leeds lecturer

School of Politics and International Studies lecturer Dr Nick Robinson has been awarded a prestigious British International Studies Association/Higher Education Academy prize for teaching.


The BISA/HEA Award for Excellence in Teaching International Studies recognises those who have contributed to the positive learning experience of students in International Studies.

Dr Robinson, Associate Professor in Public Policy/Videogames Research and leader of the Power and Conflict Discovery Module Theme, said: "To be acknowledged by your peers in this way is absolutely great and I also enjoyed some really positive feedback from a couple of exceptional panels one on research and one on teaching."

Dr Robinson uses videogames to explore the nature of the political, historical and social world.  Videogames are increasingly acknowledged as a persuasive and popular cultural medium, and Dr Robinson demonstrates that game-based learning is a very effective way of engaging students.  Students are encouraged to critically analyse the messages and ‘reality’ within the videogames and to examine the wider complex social and political issues raised in the games.

Feedback from students has been exceptional, with a senior external examiner describing Dr Robinson’s work with students in this areas as “outstanding”, going on to suggest that his feedback “is amongst the most impressive at any university in the country.”

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