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Department of Zoology

Dr Tim Weil in a green demonstrator's lab coat talking to year 12 students in the lab at an outreach event

Congratulations to Tim Weil on the award of the Pilkington Prize for Teaching

This prize recognises outstanding contributions to teaching and learning at Cambridge.  Tim deserves to receive this award for his exceptional and sustained contribution to teaching.

Tim is a natural communicator and has brought his unique blend of energy, empathy, clear-headedness, persuasiveness and diplomacy to each of these roles. He is an inspirational teacher, excelling at enthusing undergraduates and postgraduates with cell and developmental biology. He regularly receives glowing reviews for his lectures and practicals.

Howard Baylis, HoD, and Nick Mundy, Deputy HoD wrote in their citation for the award: "Tim works tirelessly to support, promote and improve our teaching whilst continuing to provide the highest quality teaching himself."

He has also contributed to teaching at leadership level, first as Deputy Head of Department (Teaching) from 2017 to 2020, followed by his current role as Deputy Head of School for Undergraduate Strategy. As Deputy HoD he initiated a number of important innovations, such as the novel Research Project Proposal in the Part II Zoology course, that was well-received by students. As Deputy Head of School, he has shown extraordinary skill in organising the School’s response to the Covid-19 crisis.  He is now spearheading the pilot introduction of Inspera software for IA and IB NSB examinations, to streamline the online examination process.

We offer our considerable congratulations to him on this award.


Cambridge Centre for Teaching and Learning details of the Pilkington Prize.

Previous winners of the Pilkington Prize from the Department

Professor Nick Davies
Dr William Foster
Professor Charlie Ellington
Dr Torsten Krude
Professor Andrew Balmford