Current Prizewinners

Teaching Award winners 2015

 

Sustained Excellence Category

Dr Jennifer McGaughey, School of Nursing and Midwifery

This Teaching Award for Sustained Excellence is presented to Dr Jennifer McGaughey in the School of Nursing and Midwifery.  Dr McGaughey is an enthusiastic and innovative teacher who uses a wide range of carefully structured resources to enable her students to engage with the learning process and build confidence.  She actively seeks out and uses learner feedback to evaluate and update her teaching.

   Rising Stars Category

Dr Ciara Hackett, School of Law

This Teaching Award in the Rising Stars category is presented to Dr Ciara Hackett, School of Law, for a thoughtful and student-centred approach that provides a relevant context for her teaching and assessment.  She uses a range of innovative techniques to motivate and engage her students with their learning and improve student performance.

Dr Luke Moffett, School of Law

This Teaching Award in the Rising Stars category is presented to Dr Luke Moffett, School of Law.  Dr Moffett’s passion for his subject inspires his students to learn and he employs a range of carefully planned and innovative techniques, including e-learning, to engage his students and assess them effectively.

Team Category

Dr Janet Carter Anand, Dr Gavin Davidson, Professor John Pinkerton, Dr Anne Campbell and Dr Katharine Dill, School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work

This Teaching Award is presented to a team in Social Work for the careful development of an integrated approach to internationalising the Social Work programme.  Their students are offered a wide range of global opportunities and are actively involved in the production of the programme, which is having a national impact.

 Student-nominated Category

Dr Andrew Thomson, School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy

This Teaching Award in the Student-nominated category is presented to Dr Andrew Thomson, School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy.  Dr Thomson provides an active and interactive learning experience that helps his students appreciate how political theory links to real world policy-making.  His approach to assessment develops students’ skills that will be relevant in the workplace.  In their nominating statement, his students particularly noted his “innovative forms of assessment” and “his feedback to students”.

Mr Aidan McGowan, School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

This Teaching Award in the Student-nominated category is presented to Aidan McGowan, School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.  Mr McGowan uses a student-centred approach to provide a dynamic and personalised learning experience for his students and uses technology, such as lecture capture, to support student development. His practical approach to learning helps prepare students for the workplace.  In their nominating statement, his students stated that, “Aidan McGowan has, from the first lecture, been a highly successful communicator and mentor.”

Professor Danny Crookes, School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

This Teaching Award in the Student-nominated category is presented to Professor Danny Crookes, School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, an experienced teacher delivering an innovative module that tackles the pedagogical challenge of teaching maths to large groups of students with differing maths experience.  Professor Crookes uses a range of approaches and resources to appeal to different learning styles.  In their nominating statement his students noted that Professor Crookes, “encourages collaboration by making the classes interactive and provides a clear understanding of the topic.”

Neil Anderson, School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

This Teaching Award in the Student-nominated category is presented to Neil Anderson, School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.  Mr Anderson provides an active learning experience for his students in a supportive and feedback-rich environment.  His approach to assessment engages students in group work and develops team working and interpersonal skills important for their future careers.  In their nominating statement his students noted that, “Neil is an enthusiastic lecturer who has a unique way of connecting with students enabling them to understand complex concepts.”

Professor Chris Irwin, School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences

This Teaching Award in the Student-nominated category is presented to Professor Chris Irwin, Centre for Dentistry.  Professor Irwin has introduced a number of measures to improve student confidence and prepare them effectively for their future careers. His assessment encourages student reflection on their learning and he provides them with meaningful, individualised feedback.  In their nominating statement, his students noted that “he is an excellent lecturer, clinical tutor and mentor to all students.”