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Pilar Flores Cubos (UAL) and Emilio Sanz Álvarez (ULL), receive the ANECA Hélice Award for Academic Excellence

Publication date: 22/12/2021

PREMIO HÉLICE

Pilar Flores Cubos, Professor of Psychology at the University of Almería (UAL), and Emilio Sanz Álvarez, Professor of Pharmacology at the University of La Laguna (ULL), have been awarded the first edition of the ANECA Hélice Award for Academic Excellence. The jury's decision was made public at ANECA’s 20th Anniversary celebration ceremony, held on the 21st December in Madrid.

The ANECA Hélice Award for Academic Excellence is a non-monetary recognition of teaching staff at Spanish universities and other higher education institutions that have stood out for their commitments to academia and excellent public service in accordance with the agency’s quality-driven principles and values.
The jury was made up of:

  • Mercedes Siles Molina, director of ANECA.
  • Manuel Castells, former Minister for Universities
  • Douglas Blackstock, President of the European Association for Quality in Higher Education (ENQA).

The Technical Commission that assisted the jury was made up of:

  • Esperanza Marcos Martínez, Professor of Computer Languages and Systems, at the Rey Juan Carlos University.
  • Asunción López, Professor of Applied Economics, expert in Economics and Innovation Management, at the Autonomous University of Madrid.
  • José Manuel Pingarrón Carrazón, Secretary General for Universitites.
  • Amparo Navarro Faure, Rector of the University of Alicante, at the Conference of Rectors of Spanish Universities (CRUE).
  • María Antonia Peña, Rector of the Univeristy of Huelva, at the Conference of Rectors of Spanish Universities (CRUE).
  • José Martín Dávila, Director of the University Centre for Defence at the Naval Military Academy of Marín.

Pilar Flores Cubos

Pilar Flores Cubos is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Almería (UAL) and an expert on impulse control problems.
She has more than 100 research articles published in national and international journals; she has directed or participated in more than 20 publicly funded research projects, has supervised 9 doctoral theses and is a member of national and international committees for the assessment of research teaching and sharing of knowledge.
Her five six-year research periods and one six-year transfer period have gained her recognition in the field. Assessments of her teaching performance resulted in scores well above the university average, demonstrating her commitment to the academic education of her students. In addition, she has also carried out the maximum number of teaching periods possible.

Emilio Sanz

Professor of Clinical Pharmacology at the University of La Laguna. Emilio Sanz started teaching at the University of La Laguna (ULL) in 1982. He obtained his position as Lecturer of Clinical Pharmacology in 1986 and that of Professor in 2015. Since then, he has taught Pharmacology and Clinical Pharmacology for both bachelor and master’s degrees in Medicine.
He has also designed and taught the Medical Ethics and Professionalism courses from 1995 to 2020. His pioneering activity also included the launch of the Master’s degree in Bio-Ethics and Bio-Eaw (Joint degree) (ULL-ULPGC), first as a degree (2003-2013), and then later as Master's degree, which due to its blended nature was the first of its kind in Spain. His contributions to university teaching are renowned for their innovation. In addition to the joint Master's degree, Sanz also developed several innovative teaching projects, such as the one of a kind Objective Structured Clinical Examinations launched in 2008 in the Faculty of Medicine.
This type of exam, applying a flipped-classroom approach and the use of games, has been adopted by the Conference of Deans of Medicine in Spain and has been implemented in several subjects for formative evaluation.