Students recognise outstanding staff

Guests at the ceremony were welcomed to a three-course meal before the awards commenced. Photo: Spirit Photography

Guests at the ceremony were welcomed to a three-course meal before the awards commenced. Photo: Spirit Photography

THE SECOND annual Student-Led Teaching Awards were held on Tuesday 30th April.

The awards night, which took place in MedRus, was attended by nominees and their nominators, along with members of University and Union staff and Senior Course Representatives.

Set up to recognise and reward the efforts of staff and student representatives throughout the University, each of the winners of the eight awards were announced with three highly commended nominees, and all were invited on stage to collect their certificates of commendation.

The eight awards covered areas of students’ education experience; with categories for Innovative Teaching, Employability Impact, Personal Tutor, Student Representative, (undergraduate and postgraduate) Support Staff, Teaching Through Technology, Outstanding Teaching and Department of the Year.

Students were invited to nominate staff who had a positive impact upon on their time at the University over a four-week period prior to the event, with a small summary of why they thought their nominee should win the award. The final winners were chosen by a panel of judges.

The panel of judges consisted of Rebecca Davies (Pro-Vice Chancellor), Jess Leigh (Education Officer), Sam Reynolds (Student Representation Co-Ordinator), Kieron Rees (NUS Wales Representation and Policy Officer) and John Glasby (Union CEO). Each nominee and their nominator was welcomed for a three-course meal before the awards were announced.

The winners of the awards span the entire institution, with almost every department receiving a nomination in at least one of the categories and final winners coming from several different departments.

The evening was hosted by Leigh with speeches from Union President Ben Meakin and Vice-Chancellor April McMahon. Meakin began the ceremony by asking all Senior Course Representatives to the stage and praising their efforts over the past academic year before welcoming some of them (or a member of the Union Executive) back on stage to present the awards, along with a member of the University Executive.

The eight awards and their recipients were: Innovative Teaching, awarded to Dr Alun Hubbard (IGES), Employability Impact to Dr Iwan Owen (IBERS), Personal Tutor to Balasz Pinter (IMAPS), Student Representative (postgraduate) to Alexandra Kilcoyne (IGES) and (undergraduate) to Kevin Wingfield (IMAPS), Support Staff to Gwennan Creunant (International Politics), Teaching Through Technology to Dr Madeline Carr (International Politics), Outstanding Teaching to Mike Smith, (English & Creative Writing) and Department of the Year to the School of Education and Lifelong Learning.

Winners were presented with a glass trophy and a certificate of commendation which was also given to three other nominees who were acknowledged as highly commended in their category.

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