Teaching awards 2010

Students reward University teaching excellence for first time

The brilliance of lecturers and support staff at the University of Exeter was recognised at an inaugural Teaching Awards ceremony this month.

The winners were selected by students in a contest organised by the Students’ Guild Education Officer Llywelyn Morris. It is the first time students at the University of Exeter have been able to formally recognise outstanding teaching and support. Nearly 2000 nominations were received for five awards categories and the Business School received two of the major awards with runners up in two of the other categories.

The Business School winners were:

  • Feedback-er of the Year: Alex Thompson, Business School - Winner
  • Best Employability support : Rachel Torr and Jenny Phillips Business School - Winner
  • Lecturer of the Year: John Maloney , Business School – Runner Up
  • Support Staff of the Year: Maureen Costelloe , Business School – Runner Up

Winners were genuinely touched by comments made about them as part of the nomination process. ‘I am very honoured to have won such an award, especially at a University that has such a great reputation for teaching excellence,’ said Alex Thompson from the Business School, who won Feedback-er of the Year.

‘The Teaching Awards recognise, celebrate and promote excellent teaching. They are about giving students a chance to acknowledge best practice, and saying ‘thank you’ to staff who go above and beyond what is expected of them,’ says Morris.

‘We are delighted with the results’ said Richard Lamming, Dean of the Business School. ‘It underlines our record of being the top Business School in the UK for student satisfaction for the past four years running and our excellent feedback on courses from auditors at the School’s recent Periodic Subject Review’
The nomination commentary provided by students clearly shows their appreciation of the commitment to outstanding teaching and learning across the Business School. Students applauded the support provided by personal tutors and members of professional services, were enthralled by the passion staff showed for their subjects, were engaged by the use of new technologies in teaching and learning and felt rewarded by encouraging and positive feedback that improved their understanding.

Date: 18 May 2010

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