year in review 2018 Paperturn - Page 164



OUR DISTINGUISHED
TEACHERS
The Distinguished Teacher Award (DTA) recognises excellent
teaching and is the highest accolade awarded to teaching
staff at all levels within the university. Through the award, UCT
acknowledges the primary place of teaching and learning in
the university’s work.
The DTA award winners for 2017 (presented in 2018) were:
PROFESSOR PRADEEP
NAVSARIA: GENERAL
SURGERY
Professor Pradeep Navsaria
believes that the hallmark of
good teaching is an active,
collaborative and curiositydriven learning environment in
which all participants are both
teachers and learners. “For
me, teaching is about inspiring
others to discover their purpose
and potential. Medicine is about
compassion, service, altruism
and trustworthiness.”
GREGOR LEIGH:
PHYSICS
Relaxed, irreverent, interactive and engaging,
that’s how physics lecturer Gregor Leigh
describes his teaching style. What makes a good
teacher? “The ability to listen carefully to what
students are really asking or needing, and to
know how to fetch them from there to a proper
understanding of the concepts … Teaching is
what you do when your student says for the
third time: ‘But I still don’t understand!’ ”
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