The Teacher of the Year 2017, Jessica Duncan, will use her 2500 euros in prize money for WUR Talks for students.
Photo: Guy Ackermans
She hit upon the idea after talking to hydrologist Roel Dijksma, last year’s winner. He used his money for a lecture series, which resulted in WUR Talks. These are presentations in which staff, alumni and students talk about their consuming interests. ‘Roel told me there was a lack of students among the speakers.’ So Duncan is thinking of a series of events at which students tell their personal stories. ‘Something like WUR Chronicles or Wag City Chronicles: true stories.’ She wants to use the money to run training courses for students who have a nice story to tell but lack the skills and confidence to tell it.