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SSESW academic recognized by student awards for inspirational teaching

Ian Cantley and nominees

School of SSESW academic Ian Cantley picked up the ‘Most Inspirational Teaching’ Award at this year’s Queen’s University Students’ Union Education Awards on 3 May. Ian teaches on our PGCE Maths course and was overwhelmed to hear that every one of his PGCE students had nominated him for the award. Some of them attended the awards ceremony to make the presentation to him and to represent the PGCE Maths group, whose nominations included comments such as:

‘Ian not only has a passion for PGCE and his teaching, but a passion for all young people in Northern Ireland to receive an outstanding education.’

‘Ian teaches by example and we would love to be as inspiring as him to our future pupils someday.’

‘Ian genuinely cares about each and every one of us, which comes across in his teaching, feedback and encouragement. He has challenged us immensely throughout, and prepared us all for going out into our placement schools.’

Ian commented on his award: ‘It is an immense privilege, and responsibility, to teach and mentor future mathematics teachers on the PGCE Mathematics programme. I aim to instil a passion for mathematics education in my students since I consider this to be an essential attribute of any aspiring teacher of mathematics. I was very humbled by the fact my students nominated me for such a major accolade and, given the potential impact they will ultimately have on the lives of hundreds of young people, actually winning the award means a lot to me both personally and professionally. It is my dearest wish for all young people in Northern Ireland to be inspired in their mathematical learning, and this award reassures me that I am positively influencing those who can help to maximise the chances of my wish becoming a reality.’