Dr Catriona Pennell

Teaching

The main reason I am so passionate about History is because it is such a powerful and important subject. It can change the way you think about the world and, most importantly, encourage you to ask critical questions. If there is one thing I want my students to graduate with, it is the ability to not take anything at face value, whether a newspaper headline, a book, or something they see in the cinema. I encourage students to keep asking questions to material, to enquire what ideologies might be at work, what evidence is being used, dismissed, or misused. Ultimately, historical narratives are constructions and I help students to pick these apart through interactive lectures, seminar activities, alternative assessment, and project work. I seek to instigate innovation wherever I can, such as the First World War School Workshop initiative, and support opportunities in the way of international exchanges (particularly with American and Chinese institutions) and visiting lecturers to enhance my students' learning experience. 

Awards

May 2016: Nominated for Student Guild Teaching Awards ('Innovative Teaching') at the University of Exeter.

May 2015: Nominated for Student Guild Teaching Awards ('Research-Led Teaching) at the University of Exeter.

May 2013: Nominated and shortlisted (top 5) for Student Guild Teaching Awards ('Innovative Teaching') at the University of Exeter. 

May 2012: Nominated for Student Guild Teaching Awards ('Best Lecturer' and 'Most Supportive Member of Staff') at the University of Exeter. 

May 2010: Nominated for Student Guild Teaching Awards ('Best Lecturer') at the University of Exeter.

Modules taught