18 October 2018

Opening of the Academic Honours Year 2018 - 2019

Dr. Adri Thomas wins Honours Teacher of the Year Award 2018

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Honours Dean Michael Burke, honours teacher Adri Thomas and Lucca Derks & Tamar van Gorp, students BMS

Dr. Adri Thomas has won the Honours Teacher of the Year Award 2018 during the official Opening of the Academic Honours Year at 15 October. Thomas was nominated for this award by his students Biomedical Sciences. The jury made up of the Honours Dean, faculty honours directors and honours students, stated that Thomas provides students with a safe and supportive environment for them to push themselves beyond the limits of their own academic expectations. "Adri Thomas is the very embodiment of who an honours teacher should be. He is a very worthy winner indeed."

Adri Thomas gives students the autonomy to experiment and to take risks. With this he encourages creativity
Students Biomedical Sciences

With the Honours Teacher of the Year Award the university acknowledges and celebrates the achievements of the Utrecht University honours teachers. From now on, one of the university honours teachers will receive this award during the Opening of the Academic Honours Year. The teachers are nominated by honours students of the different faculties and programmes. The students Biomedical Sciences who nominated Adri Thomas spoke enthusiastically of how he challenges and provokes them into discovering the very best in themselves, giving his students the autonomy to experiment and take risks. He encourages their creativity, but also provides them with a safety net.

Honours Dean prof Michael Burke: "Working with highly talented students requires extremely talented and inspiring teachers. With this award those individuals are acknowledged and thanked." Dr Elizabeth Addink and Dr Peter Vos were also selected for the award by the jury.

Students Lucca Derks and Tamar van Gorp were present at the event on behalf of the honours students Biomedical sciences.