TEACHING AWARD WINNERS 2017
Dr Karen Winter, School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work
This Teaching Award in the Student-nominated category is presented to Karen Winter in the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work. Dr Winter is an inspiring and empathetic teacher in the field of social work. She uses a range of appropriate learning resources, and her own professional and research expertise, to bring to life experiences and challenges that students will encounter in their professional lives. Her approach builds student confidence and combines humanity with meeting robust learning outcomes. Her students noted, “Her experience with looked after children and her undeterred passion is absolutely amazing. Her kindness shines through and one can see how truly dedicated she is in her vocation and also as a lecturer.”
Professor Ruth Leitch, School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work
This Teaching Award in the Student-nominated category is presented to Ruth Leitch in the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work. Professor Leitch is a teacher who puts the student at the heart of her teaching. She has a reflective, inquiry based pedagogical approach that enhances critical and creative thinking, and facilitates her students’ learning through a constructivist learning approach. Her enthusiasm for teaching is highly engaging and her students appreciate her personal approach to their learning. Her students noted that, “Professor Ruth Leitch is a kind, thoughtful, motivating and inspiring teacher……Ruth employs a participatory approach to teaching which engages all learners in a therapeutic yet academic manner.”
Professor Laura Lundy, School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work
This Teaching Award in the Student-nominated category is presented to Laura Lundy in the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work. Her andragogic approach to learning respects her students as individuals. She facilitates an inclusive, shared learning environment where her students can freely express their views, to engage her students and promote their ownership of their learning. She is committed to the student voice and has developed an internationally renowned model of rights-based participation. Her students noted that, “she constantly goes over and beyond her job remit, in helping students to achieve their maximum potential. Professor Lundy organises networking events for students, enables students to co-publish in academic journals and overall makes an outstanding contribution to her students, the University and the wider international and local community.”
RISING STAR CATEGORY
Dr Paul Mensink, School of Biological Sciences
This Award is presented to Paul Mensink from the School of Biological Sciences in the Rising Stars category. Dr Mensink is an enthusiastic and student-centred teacher who motivates his students with an energetic and engaging learning style. He is responsive to student feedback and has developed a highly effective blended learning approach. This includes a range of video resources that his students can access at their own pace and a standalone website which provides real-time support through an online community of teachers and peers, and encourages active engagement with the learning material.
Dr Bin Xu, School of Management
This Teaching Award is presented to Bin Xu in the Queen’s Management School in the Rising Stars category. Dr Xu’s innovative use of PeerWise enhances his students’ learning experience in large classes. The PeerWise platform allows students to create, respond to and provide feedback on questions. This develops higher order critical thinking skills and has led to the enhanced performance of students who actively use the Platform. Dr Xu is engaging in Continuing Professional Development activities which is benefitting student learning, and is disseminating his approach across the University.
Patricia Holden, School of Pharmacy
This Teaching Award is presented to Patricia Holden in the School of Pharmacy in the Rising Stars category, for the redevelopment of the School’s placement programme which provides a quality assured placement experience. Ms Holden has established effective relationships with community pharmacies which has enabled the development of a network of trained and accredited community pharmacists, and delivers a programme that enhances students’ employability skills and employment prospects.
SUSTAINED EXCELLENCE CATEGORY
Dr Kevin J Brown, School of Law
This Teaching Award is presented to Dr Kevin J Brown, School of Law for an active and interactive learning and assessment approach that provides his students with the opportunity to develop practice-based skills which are highly valued by employers. This approach exposes his students to real-life scenarios in a safe learning environment which enables them to develop professional skills and an appreciation of legal ethics.
Dr Fiona Hughes, Luc Belaid, Professor Ryan Donnelly, Andrew Gray, Dr Paul McCague, Helen McPhillips, Anne Overell and Dr Carole Parsons, School of Pharmacy
This Teaching Award is presented to a team from the School of Pharmacy for the development of a Level 2 practical course which effectively integrates theoretical learning with practice. This approach uses a range of teaching and innovative assessment methods to provide students with a relevant, contemporary and authentic learning experience which develops important employability skills, and has had a positive impact on their attainment.
Dr Paul Murphy, Arts, English and Languages, Dr Gavin Davidson, Dr Joe Duffy and Dr Lorna Montgomery, Social Sciences, Education and Social Work and Dr Gerry Gormley and Ian Walsh, Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences
This Teaching Award is presented to a multi-disciplinary team from Drama, Medicine and Social Work, for the development of a highly effective interdisciplinary collaborative module which focusses on empathetic interaction and immersive role play in which drama students enact service-user roles. This provides them with a rich learning experience, and provides the social work and medical students with an immersive, yet safe, learning environment in which to develop important interpersonal and professional skills.