You'll be able to nominate teaching and support staff for a wide variety of awards.
The judges will look at the following criteria: Maintains regular contact with students Is approachable and a good listener. Provides positive advice in a timely manner. Has helped a student through a tough time. Has supported a student to make a positive choice to remain at University
A good supervisor offers you the support and advice to develop your skills as an independent researcher. We're looking for nominations about research or dissertation supervisors who make you feel confident in your abilities. Do they point you in the direction of reading, tools, or methods to support your research? Do they encourage you to pursue independent lines of enquiry, and help you to think critically about your work? Do they show interest and enthusiasm for your research?
Do you know a member of support staff who has gone the extra mile to improve your learning experience? You can nominate them for a single event, or for an ongoing series of actions from them. (A support staff member can be anyone within the university that isn't employed to teach students. They could, for example, be a librarian, a workshop technician or programme administrator.)
You can nominate the module that you feel has been taught most effectively - perhaps the subject matter was daunting at first, but the quality of teaching you've had has helped you understand the material and you are now confident of achieving a good result in it. Please consider the quality of lectures, support materials, and feedback given on your work.
The Diversifying the Curriculum Award recognises academic and professional staff who have made a conscious choice to widen course content to specifically include the works of Black, Asian and Minority ethnic scholars and postcolonial theory. The award also recognises the meaningful inclusion of women and non binary, disabled and lgbtq scholars in the core curricula.
We're looking for lecturers who consistently demonstrate an enthusiasm for, and enjoyment of, teaching. They act on feedback, both formal and informal. They also inspire students to perform well at University or to change their lives in some way.
This award recognises an outstanding contribution to the educational environment of the University, recognition and support of the diversity of the student needs, or an exceptional contribution to a culture of excellence and enhancement. The award covers all aspects of the student experience including behind the scenes work.
The winners of the Brookes Union Teaching Awards 2017 were announced at an awards ceremony on Friday 31st March. Winners and finalists can be found below.
Most Inspirational Lecturer
Winner: Dave Carter
Finalists: Simon Kövesi and Keith Bromwich
Best Support Staff Member
Finalists: Claire Bennett and Christopher Spurgeon
Best Taught Module
Winner: James Balkwill
Finalists: Andrea Macrae, Daniel O'Gorman, Antonia Mackay and Ioanna Iordanou
Best Academic Advisor
Winner: Lesley Crabtree
Finalists: Abbey Halcli and Christopher Rizza
Outstanding Contribution to Student Experience
Winner: Jody Bell
Finalists: Claire Bennett and Ruth Watts
Best Research, or Best Dissertation, Supervisor
Winner: Dr Aspasia Paltoglou
Finalists: Anne-Marie Kilday and Mary Sissons Joshi