Teaching Awards

Nominations for the 2018 Brookes Union Teaching Awards open on Monday 29th Jan. 


You'll be able to nominate teaching and support staff for a wide variety of awards. 


Best Academic Adviser

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 


Best Research or Dissertation Supervisor

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?


Best Support Staff Member

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.)


Best Taught Module

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.


Diversifying the Curriculum Champion 

 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. 


Most Inspirational Lecturer

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.


Outstanding Contribution to the Student Experience 

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

Winner:Joseph Carr

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







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