TEACHING AWARD WINNERS 2018
Sustained Excellence Category
Dr Kurt Taroff, School of Arts, English and Languages
This Teaching Award is presented to Kurt Taroff in the School of Arts, English and Languages (Drama). Dr Taroff is using innovative educational technology to enhance student learning and provide an engaging experience for his students. His flipped classroom approach allows for greater interaction and creativity in his teaching and his methods have led to improved student attainment.
Dr Helen Roe, Natural and Built Environment
This Teaching Award is presented to Helen Roe, from the School of Natural and Built Environment. Dr Roe is a highly reflective practitioner who is combining innovation and excellence within the Physical Geography curriculum to provide a stimulating learning experience, develop important employability skills and improve student confidence. Her approach embeds creative learning and she uses innovative assessment approaches as a learning tool.
Aidan McGowan, Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
This Teaching Award in the Student-nominated category, is presented to Aidan McGowan in the School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Mr McGowan is a student-centred teacher who is providing a blended teaching approach to deliver practical teaching and support understanding of complex engineering decisions for MSc Computing students. His innovative use of LinkedIn ensures course content is current and relevant to industry and raises the employability profile of his students. In their nominating statement his students noted, “He inspires many of us on a daily basis……preparing us extremely well for the real world and for interviews.”
Rising Stars Category
Dr Katerina Dounavi, School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work
This Teaching Award is presented to Katerina Dounavi in the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work. Dr Dounavi is delivering the MSc Applied Behaviour Analysis programme predominantly online through an innovative blended learning approach. The programme delivery provides her students with an enriching learning experience and increases their employability through access to professional certification. Dr Dounavi’s programme presents her students with a challenging learning environment in which appropriate support is embedded to enable them to succeed.
Dr Andrew McDowell, Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
This Award is presented to Andrew McDowell, in the School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Dr McDowell is using a wide range of technology enhanced approaches to promote learner engagement and create a positive learning environment with large cohorts. His innovative approach engages large numbers of diverse students with their learning, provides useful revision resources and delivers formative feedback during lectures.
Dr Nuala Flood, Niek Turner, Dr Jasna Mariotti, Dr Sarah Lappin, School of Natural and Built Environment
This Award is presented to a team from the School of Natural and Built Environment for the delivery of an architectural project-based learning experience. The project provides their students with the opportunity to work on an issue of public concern for a real client which improves their employability skills and enables them to become part of a broader architectural community. The project includes a vertical integrated element with Masters students and is a highly engaging and dynamic learning experience which has led to improved student attainment and performance.
Dr Maurice Hall and Dr Lezley-Anne Hanna, School of Pharmacy
This Award is presented to a team from the School of Pharmacy for the development of a digital educational tool that facilitates evidence-based decision making in relation to over-the-counter (OTC) medicines. This app provides students with access to up-to-date information on issues concerned with product safety and clinical condition management in an engaging format that is easily accessed at the point of care.
Dr Linda Stewart, Dr Angela Mousley, Dr Michael Stewart, School of Biological Sciences, and Maureen McKee, Peter Reavy and Eve Wilson, Information Services
This Award is presented to a team from Biological Sciences, with support from Information Services, for a highly effective, collaborative programme review undertaken to provide an environment in which students are supported to become active, independent and self-reflective learners. Central to this is the integration of a range of digital technologies to enhance the student experience and includes the development of an interactive adaptive eTextbook which provides an individualised learning experience for students.
Dr Karen Rafferty, Professor Roger Woods, Dr Neil Buchanan, Dr Sandra Scott Hayward, School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences
This Award is presented to a team from the School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences for the development and delivery of the innovative MEng Engineering Entrepreneurship module. Staff work in partnership with their students to embed professional practice and conduct within their learning. The module develops future innovators by providing students with the opportunity and skills to identify a viable market opportunity and work through the development and promotional stages involved in bringing a new product to market. The module develops a range of valuable employability skills, as well as specialist knowledge.
Dr Yi Ge, Professor Gavin Andrews, Dr Dan Corbett, Dr Maryam Malekigorji, Dr Min Zhao, Dr Vasanth Palanimuthu, Dr David Wright, Julie Tomes and Cathy Short, China Queen’s College/School of Pharmacy, Professor David Rooney, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and Lin Bai, School of Law
This Award is presented to the team who have developed and are delivering Pharmacy education at Queen’s University’s first international branch campus jointly with China Medical University (CMU). The team has worked collaboratively to provide solutions to a range of challenges involved in delivering transnational education, including innovative teaching and assessment approaches to enhance student learning, which is already having a positive effect on student performance.