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Dr Louise Gentle

Course Leader, Wildlife Conservation

 

To me, an inspirational teacher is someone who can captivate an audience and make learning fun; someone who’ll inspire you to do the independent learning around your lectures, and to take advantage of all the amazing opportunities that are on offer at NTU.

I was drawn to teaching because I wanted to make a difference. I wanted to educate people about the natural world, and to show them what they can do to help protect it.

The biggest influence on my life and work has always been David Attenborough — he’s done so much to show people about life across the globe, he’s raised awareness on some of the biggest environmental issues, and I was lucky enough to watch him being awarded an honorary NTU degree in 2010!

I love my work. I’ve been involved with studies on fat storage in birds, raptor breeding ecology, hedgehog genetics and leopard conservation — but to this day, my biggest inspiration is still our own students. They make me laugh every day, and just watching them grow from shy first-years into independent graduates with amazing jobs is always such a buzz.

My proudest achievement at NTU was winning the Vice-Chancellor’s Teaching Award in 2019. To me, an inspirational teacher is someone who can captivate an audience and make learning fun; someone who’ll inspire you to do the independent learning around your lectures, and to take advantage of all the amazing opportunities that are on offer at NTU. There are so many of them, from events, to societies, to placements — and it’s that kind of enthusiasm and dedication that I want to see from you!

I was talking to a student recently who’d transferred here from another university. I asked her how she was getting on: she said she loved NTU because “all the lecturers here know my name.” She knows that she’s so much more than just a number here, and I suppose that sums up our philosophy. It’s a close-knit community with a fantastic range of support services, and everyone’s geared towards helping you reach your potential. If you work hard, we’re all genuinely committed to your progress and success.

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