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 Sustained Excellence Category

Dr Niall Majury, School of the Natural and Built Environment

This Teaching Award is presented to Dr Niall Majury in the School of Natural and Built Environment.  Dr Majury employs a range of innovative methods to engage students and structures the learning experience to reflect real-world practice, promoting equality of opportunity for different types of learners.  He prepares his students for opportunities beyond higher education through Work-Integrated Learning which strengthens the identity of Geographers as professionals and provides valuable experience of the workplace.  His approaches have led to improved student engagement, feedback and attainment.


Chris Corrigan, School of Arts, English and Languages

This Teaching Award is presented to Chris Corrigan for the provision of an interactive and collaborative teaching and assessment approach to sound engineering.  This interdisciplinary approach involving Music students and industry professionals provides student with experience of the real-world workflow of the music industry.  He has developed a range of resources for the formative assessment of important skills which has led to enhanced student learning and achievement.  His approach provides his students with a range of skills which prepares them effectively for employment.

 Student-nominated Category

Dr Stephen Kelly, School of Arts, English and Languages

This Teaching Award in the Student-nominated category is presented to Dr Stephen Kelly, an inspirational literary historian in the School of Arts, English and Languages.  Dr Kelly is delivering a range of innovative and creative teaching and assessment methods that equip his students with the skills to succeed inside and outwith the workplace.  Dr Kelly is responsive to student feedback and proactive in engaging students in curiculum review. In their nominating statement his students noted, “His teaching style is incredibly engaging and creative, truly demonstrating his passion for the subject…However, it is how he connects with students that truly makes him a fantastic lecturer.”


Dr Richard Gault, School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

This Teaching Award is presented to Dr Richard Gault in the School of Electronic, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.  Dr Gault is providing an inspiring learning experience in which students are encouraged to be partners in their learning, an approach which increases their confidence and understanding.  He has scaffolded his teaching framework to provide an effective learning experience for a diverse range of students in which they are taught how to learn and apply their learning to real-world problems.  In their nominating statement his students noted, “This module has a reputation among students as one of the most difficult you will face….”However...Richard’s passion for this subject has turned that reputation round completely.”


Dr Gemma Carney, School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work

This Teaching Award in the Student-nominated is presented to Dr Gemma Carney.  Dr Carney is an enthusiastic and student-centred teacher of social policy and gerontology who uses a diverse range of inclusive teaching methods and resources to engage her students and critically engage her students with complex elements of their learning.  Her use of innovations from her team-based inter-disciplinary research in the classroom and provide a dynamic learning experience.  In their nominating statement her students noted, “Dr Carney is not only an excellent teacher who motivates students, she is a wonderful role module who continues to research and write and go beyond the teacher’s role to get her students to learn.”


Rising Stars Category

Dr David Cutting, School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

This Teaching Award is presented to Dr David Cutting for the provision of an inclusive and engaging learning experience that supports and challenges students, as appropriate.  His use of automated assessment enables the provision of immediate formative feedback and his development of an innovative, anonymous communication tool enhances the learning experience in and out of class.  The new Global Coders Initiative will provide students with a rich learning experience with an international dimension.


Dr Victoria Durrer, School of Arts, English and Languages

This Teaching Award is presented to Dr Victoria Durrer, a lecturer in Arts Management and Cultural Policy in the School of Arts, English and Languages.  Dr Durrer is an enthusiastic and supportive teacher, providing innovative learning approaches and an engaging learning experience through partnership with industry and important opportunities for students to showcase their research to industry professionals.


Dr Gareth Tribello, School of Maths and Physics

This Teaching Award is presented to Dr Gareth Tribello for the provision of a creative learning approach that develops confident, critical thinkers prepared for the world outside higher education.  His interactive teaching approach is supported by online video resources and his differentiated assessment and project work support and develops students of all abilities.


Excellence in Learning Support by a Team

Ruari McGrillen and Patricia Durkin, Careers, Employability and Skills

This Teaching Award is presented to Ruari McGrillen and Patricia Durkin for their support of the delivery of the Queen’s Global Leadership Programme.  This programme supports students to become leaders and change makers in society through an active learning experience incorporating an international element.  The programme involves multi-disciplinary project work with an external trainer and participation in events and meetings with alumni, business representatives and local entrepreneurs.  This programme develops students’ communication and collaboration skills, global awareness and confidence.