Seven outstanding staff members at the University of Hong Kong have been recognised as teaching fellows. Vice-Chancellor Professor Cheng Yiu-chung, speaking at the University Teaching Fellowship Awards presentation ceremony, said they would be ambassadors for good teaching practices. There were 33 nominees for the first award recognising staff teaching skills. Academic heads and Professor Cheng chose the winners, who received $20,000 for research or teaching equipment. Deputy Registrar Henry Wai Wing-kun said many of the award recipients were young scholars who had served just a few years at the university. One recipient, Benny Tai Yiu-ting from the Department of Law, has been teaching at the university for 6.5 years. 'As a good teacher, you need to be flexible,' Mr Tai said. 'You cannot teach the same set of notes indiscriminately and 'eternally'.' Another to be awarded the title teaching fellow was veteran educator Professor Lai Ching-lung from the Department of Medicine. 'Even after teaching for 25 years, I still feel a special frisson each time I teach,' he said. 'When a teacher teaches, there is usually tangible interaction between him and his students. This is most obvious with small-group teaching, but is still palpable during lectures to a class of more than 170 students.' Professor Raymond Liang Hin-suen said he would focus on small-group, student-centred and problem-based teaching and learning, and on the Medical School's curriculum reform. Others to be appointed teaching fellows were: Dr Richard Fielding, Department of Community Medicine; Professor Ng Man-lun, Department of Psychiatry; Dr Ora Kwo Wai-yu, Department of Curriculum Studies; and Professor Eric Lye Kum-chew, Department of Architecture.