Biological Sciences

Richard Milne wins Teacher of the Year

Dr Richard Milne has been awarded Teacher of the Year in the College of Science & Engineering at the Edinburgh University Students’ Association (EUSA) 2023 Teaching Awards.

Richard Milne

EUSA’s annual Teaching Awards provide students with an opportunity to thank staff for their hard work and celebrate the very best of teaching and support at the University.

This year EUSA received over 2,440 nominations, all of which were reviewed by their student shortlisting panel.

Richard received multiple nominations that celebrated his engaging, enthusiastic, and fun lecture style that both reinforced students’ learning and led many of them to gain a new appreciation for plant science. EUSA saw a pattern of great teaching through Richard’s nominations.

Richard is a senior lecturer in the Institute of Molecular Plant Sciences. His lectures are extremely popular with undergraduate students and this latest award is his fourth teaching award.

Undergraduate courses with Richard Milne 

  • Variation 1
  • Environment 1
  • The Green Planet 2
  • Field Ecology 2
  • Evolution and Ecology of Plants 3
  • Plant Geography 4
  • Plant Science Field Course 4


Edinburgh University Students’ Association was the first in the UK to offer student-led Teaching Awards and the Awards are now in their 14th year.

Staff play a pivotal role in the student experience at Edinburgh, from lecturers and tutors, to supervisors and personal tutors, and professional services staff.

EUSA also want to recognise the commitment demonstrated by all nominees, many of whom have continued to provide an excellent standard of teaching and student support in challenging personal and professional circumstances.

 A full list of EUSA’s 2023 award winners and nominees can be found on their website.


I put my heart and soul into teaching and it is fantastic to know that it is appreciated.  Our first year teaching was completely redesigned this year and it created a lot of new challenges, but it now all feels worth it.

Dr Richard MilneSenior Lecturer, Institute of Molecular Plant Sciences, School of Biological Sciences


Related Links

Richard Milne

EUSA Teaching Awards – Results 2023

EUSA Teaching Awards – Roll of Honour 2023