Brookes Union Teaching Awards 2020!

 

Welcome to the Teaching Awards 2019/20.

The Teaching Awards give students the chance to thank members of staff who have inspired and supported them during their time at Brookes, letting these staff members know that their hard work makes a difference.

We were due to run these Awards in March, but the pandemic has delayed this. These Teaching Awards cover the year Sep 2019-Feb 2020, so don’t take into account all the amazing work that staff have been doing during the pandemic. We’ll be celebrating these at the next series of awards in March 2021.

 

 

Best Academic Advisor

 

Winner: Dr Sarah Bekaert

Senior Lecturer in Nursing

Sarah was nominated for the support she has provided as an Academic Adviser - offering both academic and pastoral guidance during a challenging period for the student. The nomination highlights the fact that the student has always felt able to openly disclose issues without ever feeling judged, and has always felt supported and listened to.

“Sarah’s role in my university journey has been crucial to any success I have had, and I feel she deserves to be told how grateful both I and other students are, for all that she does.”

Shortlisted Candidates:

Mark Cain

Reader and Programme Lead for Philosophy, Criminology and Culture.

Mark teaches on the Philosophy BA programme and supervises philosophy PhD students. He was nominated for helping to guide a student through a tough period. This support and guidance ultimately led to the student being able to continue their studies.

“He has not only helped me as a student, but as a person. He is the reason I chose to continue my studies”

Gail Eva

Senior Lecturer, Occupational Therapy

Gail teaches occupational therapy theory and practice, research methods, and supports students' practice education.

The nomination recognised that Gail pushes her students to achieve their ultimate potential in all aspects; offering academic support, pastoral guidance and more. She regularly checks in with her advisees. The nominating student credits Gail for enabling them to stay on their course by guiding the student to University services that could help and continually offering academic support.

“Gail is a phenomenal Academic Advisor and she has made an enormous impact on my time at Brookes so far.”

Barbara Jennings

Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Science

Barbara teaches on the Biomedical Sciences Programme and researches how genes are switched on and off.

The nomination praised the support Barbara provided to the student - explaining how to structure their studies, signposting them to additional sources of support and regularly meeting the student to discuss their progress.

“This year, I have really thrived in my studies, much thanks to Barbara’s support.”

Full nominations list

Nominations for Best Academic Advisor

Alan Mcblane

Andrew Lack

Anna Klenert

Caroline Griffths

Casper Breuker

Catherine Graham

Claudia Lueders

Craig Prosser

Daniel Bulley

Deborah Pearce

Dr Saad Arif

Tamsin Barber

Julia Wedel

Susan Brooks

Elizabeth Clarke

Emma Read

Esteban Devis Amaya

Gayle McKemey

Ian Summerscales

Jane Liddle

Jane Potter

Jane Scholey

Jody Bell

Joel Chappell

John Bancroft

John Runions

Jon Reid

Kate Ji

Leander Reeves

Lorna Shires

Louise Price

Lynn McBain

Mohamed Ben Esmerel

Morag Joss

Nathalie Aubert

Olivia Afonso

Peter Lugosi

Rob Bennie

Sarah Fleming

Sarah Hennelly

Sarah Waters

Stephen Boulter

Shortlisted:

Mark Cain

Gail Eva

Barbara Jennings

Winner:

Sarah Bekaert (MR)

 

 

Best Dissertation or Research Supervisor

 

Winner: Dr Alessandra Palidda

Senior Lecturer in Music and SC for the MA Music

Alessandra is a historical musicologist teaching modules and supervising dissertations in social history of music, opera studies and musicological research. The nomination described how Alessandra has helped students develop new ways of approaching research, offers constructive feedback and always makes the student feel they are working together.

Shortlisted Candidates:

Caroline Davis

Senior Lecturer, Oxford International Centre for Publishing

Caroline is a senior lecturer on the MA Publishing and BA in Media, Journalism and Publishing, specialising in the History, Culture and Research strands of the programmes. The nominating student stated that they always felt they were collaborating on work with Caroline and always left meetings feeling encouraged. They also credit Caroline for their decision to stay at Brookes and do a PhD.

Stewart Thompson

Professor in Biodiversity Conservation

The nominating student praised the fact that Stewart went over and beyond to help them with their research and questions, and provided a lot of guidance. They also highlighted that Stewart provides quick feedback, is always open to new ideas and has ultimately enabled the student to become more confident in writing their dissertation.

Full nominations list

Nominations for Best Dissertation or Research Supervisor

Andrea Placidi

Andrew Rendell

Elaine Cox

Jane Scholey

Marcel Vellinga

Matthew Craske

Nabeela Talib

Nathalie Aubert

Nick Mead

Nick Mead

Paul Whitty

Saad Arif

Stephen Boulter

Yue Ang

Shortlisted:

Caroline Davis

Stewart Thompson

Winner:

Alessandra Palidda

 

 

Contribution to the Student Experience

 

Winner: Jon Reid

MA SEND Strand Leader, Undergraduate and Postgraduate Tutor

Jon is a Senior Lecturer in Child Development, Special Educational Needs, Disabilities and Inclusion. Jon was nominated for the opportunities he creates for students to get involved, whether that’s overseeing the sensory garden or organising the annual inclusion conference. All of these activities are designed with student experience at the very heart of them.

“My student experience has been enriched and enjoyable thanks to the support and opportunities given by Jon.”

Shortlisted Candidates:

Miriam Johnson

Senior Lecturer and Subject Coordinator for the MAs in Publishing

Miriam manages the campus based MA programmes and helps to ensure things run smoothly while teaching marketing and rights management, among other things.

Miriam’s nomination highlighted the work she does to arrange work experience, send weekly newsletters, organise weekly guest lecturers, lead student reps and much much more.

“Miriam runs the program almost single handedly. She is boundlessly fun and so kind. We all love her!”

Alan Mcblane

Senior Lecturer, Events Management

Alan is a Senior Lecturer in Events Management, with a focus on providing students with practical experiences through participation in events that develop and enhance the student experience. Alan was nominated for the fact that he always goes above and beyond to improve the student experience at Brookes by offering activities for his students to get involved with.

Full nominations list

Contribution to the Student Experience

Dave Carter

Jody Bell

Jonathan Reid

Katerina Kosta

Lorna shires

Mandy Archer

Sarah Waters

Zephra Weber

Shortlisted:

Miriam Johnson

Alan Mcblane

Winner:

Jon Reid

 

 

Creative Teaching Award

 

Winner: Katerina Kosta

Teaching Fellow

Katerina designs and delivers teaching and learning activities at the undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Katerina was nominated for her work as module leader for Environmentally Sustainable Business. The nomination credited Katerina with helping them make friends on their course via group work. The student also praised the fact that they did not expect to enjoy the module, but now they love the classes!

“I did always end up leaving the class with a sense of ‘well that was fun/fascinating/eye-opening”

Shortlisted Candidates:

Alaaddine El-Chab

Senior Lecturer in Clinical and Sports Nutrition and Course Lead for MSc Applied Human Nutrition

Alaaddine is currently leading the MSc course in nutrition and his teaching mainly focuses on the clinical aspect of nutrition.

The nominating student praised Alaaddine’s passion for the subject, and highlighted the work he does to make lectures fun and engaging, such as using interesting videos or in-class competitions.

Kirsten Baker

Associate Lecturer - Faculty of Health & Life Sciences

The nominating student highlighted the way Kirsten makes complex anatomy and physiology sessions interactive and easy to understand. They stated that her lessons are never boring and it makes learning much more fun.

“I won’t forget the time she made me act out being a liver, pretending to marry two different substances together.“

 

Full nominations list

Creative Teaching Award

Eiman Elbanhawy

Gail Eva

James Cateridge

Jody Bell

Laura Higgins

Leaner Reeves

Nada Abdelbary

Sarah Franklin

Simon Adderley

Shortlisted:

Alaaddine El-Chab

Kirsten Baker

Winner:

Katerina Kosta

 

 

Feedback and Communication Award

 

Winner: Dr Sola Adesola

Senior Lecturer, Oxford Brookes Business School

Module Leader: UG Corporate & Business Law | PG Managing International Organisations | Researcher | EDI Lead

The nomination praised the feedback Sola provided for encouraging students to look at new perspectives, whether it was via a mid-term reflection session or detailed feedback on essays and plans.

“Her feedback for our essays and plans was very detailed, comprehensive, and encouraging with new perspectives that were helpful for me to get the most of the module she lectured.”

Shortlisted Candidates:

Jennifer Kirman

Principal Lecturer for the Student Experience

Jennifer is the subject coordinator for the school nurse and health visiting programmes at Oxford Brookes. “This is a role I am intensely proud of and passionate about. I have been in this role since 2014 and have worked hard with former students and partners to make sure the programme receives consistently good feedback. I have a passion for supporting and inspiring students to reach their full potential. I was promoted in 2018 to Principal Lecturer of the Student Experience which is a faculty-wide promotion.”

The student nomination speaks about how Jennifer helped transform a student’s academic writing style, offering excellent verbal and written feedback.

“I was able to pass the module with the highest mark I have achieved to date. I know this was due to the support I was given by Jen.”

Adam Blades

Lecturer in Media, Journalism and Publishing.

Adam teaches digital design and development skills for young publishers and journalists. The student nomination praised the “extraordinary amount of patience and time” Adam has for his students, as well as the high standard of constructive feedback he offers.

“His communication skills are astonishing, managing to explain some classes and concepts he doesn't even specialise in with such clarity that even lecturers in those fields comparatively struggle with.”

Full nominations list

Feedback and Communication Award

Andrew Rendell

Gregg Kapuscinski

Ian Mackay

James Hawes

Jane Liddle

Jody Bell

Jonathan Lees

Liz Clarke

Lucy Ford

Mark Burgess

Nathalie Aubert

Niall Munroe

Rob Bennie

Shortlisted:

Jennifer Kirman

Adam Blades

Winner:

Sola Adesola
 

 

Most Inspirational Lecturer

 

Winner: Gail Eva

Senior Lecturer, Occupational Therapy

Gail teaches occupational therapy theory and practice, research methods, and supports students' practice education. It was clear from the nomination that Gail has boundless enthusiasm and passion for her subject, and that students leave her sessions full of inspiration.

“Have you ever listened to someone speak and feel so inspired that you feel you are going to aim to be like them one day? That is what happens at the end of every lecture."

“During my 15 years of being in the education system I have never experienced such an amazing teacher. We are truly blessed to have her at Oxford Brookes.”

Shortlisted Candidates:

Jo Skelton

Senior Lecturer in Primary Mathematics

Jo works with undergraduate and postgraduate students to develop their subject knowledge of mathematics and their understanding of related maths pedagogy, in preparation for their future roles as primary teachers.

Jo was nominated for her PGCE 5-11 maths sessions. The nominating student highlights how she took a room of people who were “lukewarm about Maths: some were downright or disaffected” and inspired and engaged them in the subject through games and collaborative working.

“I for one owe Jo a debt of gratitude, as under her tutelage, my confidence in the subject came on in leaps and bounds.”

Kate Ji

Senior Lecturer in Revenue Management and Finance, Oxford Brookes Business School.

Kate is a passionate researcher and a dedicated teacher. The nominating student praised the fact that “Kate makes all us hospitality students actually enjoy a module related to finance!” They also stated that Kate frequently mentions how proud she is of past students who have started a financial career in hospitality and is very vocal about how students are the most important thing for her as a teacher.

“It is a pleasure to have a morning finance lecture with her.”

Full nominations list

Most Inspirational Lecturer

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Adam Blades

Adam Lonsdale

Adrian Bullock

Alessandra Palidda

Alison Forhead

Alistair widdowson

Andrew Kopkin

Andrew Lack

Bruce Riddoch

Carolyn Murphy

Chris Moran

Dai Griffiths

Dan Bulley

Dan Sames

Dave Carter

David Carugo

Dr Karen Handley

Dr Rachel Payne

Dr Roderick Galam

Dr Shumao Ou

Eiman

Elizabeth Clark

Gary Savage

Harry Mount

Heather Meyer

James Hawes

Jane Liddle

Jane Scholey

Jen Kirman

Jenny Lloyd

Jody and Nabeela

John Runions

Jon Hyslop

Jonathan Reid

Julian De Medeiros

Karen Handley

Kate West

Leander Reeves

Lorna Shires

Louise Price

Mark Cain

Matthew Tobin

Matt Lawson

Nigel Bryant

Philip Baker

Priya Samuel

Richard Benson

Shadi Eltanani

Shelly Everett

Simon Adderley

Stewart Thompson

Tahira Khan

Shortlisted:

Jo Skelton

Kate Ji

Winner:

Gail Eva

 

 

Support Staff Member of the Year

 

Winner: Sally Jane Saca

Head of International Student Advice Team

Sally is responsible for the provision of immigration advice and guidance, pastoral support and enhancing the international student experience through continuous process improvement.

The nomination praised how Sally supported the student during every stage of their University journey - from transferring to Brookes to accessing funding, from meeting them when they arrived at Brookes to helping them navigate Brexit paperwork.

“Whenever I have a question, I know Sally is there to give an answer.”

Shortlisted Candidates:

Isabel Virgo

Academic Liaison Librarian

Isabel supports students and staff in the Business School with finding, using and referencing information sources. Isabel was nominated for her support in helping a student get a headstart on their dissertation.

“Isabel very gracefully guided me on how to search through the archives and gave me some excellent pointers on how to maximise my efficiency when it comes to using Brookes' resources.”

Mary Eld

Affiliate Study Skills Support tutor (NMH)

Mary helps students, registered with the Wellbeing team, with study skills and strategies, including technology, to get the most from their time studying at Brookes. Mary was nominated for her continuous motivating support, as well as her understanding of the challenges that dyslexia can pose to studying.

“I feel very fortunate and am grateful to have had Mary as my Tutor - she has helped to enrich my student experience and is very deserving of this award.”

Vivienne Coombes

Senior Mentor

Vivienne coordinates the Specialist Mentoring Service which is a confidential support service for students with mental health difficulties or students who are diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum. The nomination praised Viv for the fact that she always make you feel better in a difficult time.

“She is inspirational and very empathetic, kind and resourceful.”

Full nominations list

Support Staff Member of the Year

Catherine Foley

Debbie Wedge

Janet Godwin

Marcelo Gunther

Maria Toneva

Matt Lawson

Maureen Jones

Michael Barringer

Nathan Zhang

Oliver Murphy

Tracey Barrett

Wakefield Morys-Carter

Shortlisted:

Isabel Virgo

Mary Eld

Vivienne Coombes

Winner:

Sally Jane Saca

 

 

Unsung Hero

 

Winners: The Community Engagement and Social Responsibility Team - Andrea Siret, Emma Trundley, Jack Olchawski and Wendy Vrij

The team helps to foster positive relationships between the university and the local community and employs a team of Student Community Wardens who patrol local streets to provide advice and guidance to students. The nomination highlighted the fact that the team bear “the brunt of complaints and communication from residents in the local community” and the team works tirelessly to improve relations between the University and local community. They also highlighted the positive activities the team champion, such as No Mince Pies or Get to Know your Neighbour.

“The support that I have received throughout my time in the job (as a student community warden) has made me feel part of a family, I couldn't imagine getting through 4 years of university without them all.”

Shortlisted Candidates:

Rev. Kate Harford

University Chaplain and Pastoral Care Lead

Kate provides spiritual and pastoral care to members of the University of any faith or none. It is clear from the nomination that Kate has had an enormously positive impact on the student’s time at Brookes. The nomination highlighted the fact that Kate provided a safe space for them to meet other people and take some time to destress, as well consistently being a source of support and encouragement to them.

“Kate was there, and she believed in me. She kept believing in me...Kate has been and will continue to be one of the cornerstones in my university degree.”

Dr Mary Davis

Senior Lecturer/Subject Coordinator.

Mary is pre-Master's subject coordinator and academic integrity lead for the Business School. Mary was nominated for helping International students find their feet when they arrive at Brookes and making sure they are settled in.

“Mary has been an amazing figure which makes sure that all her students are happy and takes into account their mental health when teaching her classes.”

Tracey Barrett

Programme Administrator Social Work

Tracey provides administrative support to the social work teaching team, students and applicants.

Tracey was nominated for supporting a student with their application, and going on to continue to support them during their time at Brookes.

“I have a suspicion that Tracey is part of the backbone of Brookes Faculty of Health and Life Sciences. She really goes the extra mile to ensure smooth transition. She is always sorting us all out, arranging tours and events. I often imagine it might be a bit like trying to herd cats!”

Full nominations list

Unsung Hero

Anne-Marie Kilday

Brian Goodey

Caroline Johnson

Children's Nursing Team

Chris Lloyd

Dan O'Brien

David Carugo

David Nelson

Sarah Waters

Shirley Velasquez-Hoque

Dr. Mary Davis

Emma Read

Fiona Sidorowicz

Iain Devenney

James Percival

James Percival

Jane Liddle

Jane Scholey

Jody Bell

Karen Handley

Kirsty Walter

Laura Higgins

Leander Reeves

Lorna Shires

Louisa Lapworth

Lynn McBain

Lynsey O'Rourke

Mandy Archer

Maria Faraone

Mat Tobin

Matt Lawson

Michael John-Hopkins

Mohamed Ben-Esmael

Patrick O'Brien

Marius Turda

Ravinder Kanda

Rianne Costello

Roger Wood

Ruth Heslop

Toby Shew

Tony Bosher

Wakefield Morys-Carter

Shortlisted:

Kate Harford

Mary Davis

Tracey Barrett

Winners:

Andrea Siret, Emma Trundley, Jack Olchawski and Wendy Vrij

 

 

Outstanding Contribution to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

 

Winner: Nabeela Talib

Lecturer in Social Work

Nabeela teaches within the Social Work programme, is faculty lead in widening participation work and is a co-founder of the Global Majority Collective group.

The nominating student stated that Nabeela’s work with BAME students is exceptional. They also praised her “concerted efforts to decolonise the social work curriculum and highlight the everyday occurrence and impact of racism in our society.”

Shortlisted Candidates:

Fiona Sidorowicz

Lecturer in Social Work

Fiona teaches part time in the Social Work department at Brookes, whilst also practising part time as a frontline children and families social worker in a safeguarding team. Fiona was nominated for this award in recognition of her inclusive approach to teaching, incorporating peoples’ different approaches to learning into lecturers and activities. The nomination also praised Fiona’s passion for her subject, professionalism and approachability.

“Fiona is incredibly inspirational and a joy to be taught by.”

Molly Cochran

Reader in International Relations

Molly teaches modules on Human Rights as well as International Relations Theory and Methods. The nomination celebrated how passionate and friendly Molly is. The nominating student spoke about how Molly enabled non-English speaking students to engage with and digest the lectures; explaining in language that is easiest to understand and in a way that was inspiring.

Full nominations list

Outstanding Contribution to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Jody Bell

Jon Reid

Louise Bunce

Shortlisted:

Fiona Sidorowicz

Molly Cochran

Winner:

Nabeela Talib

 

 

Outstanding Teaching for Employability

 

Winner: Alan McBlane

Senior Lecturer, Events Management Alan is a Senior Lecturer in Events Management, with a focus on providing students with practical experiences through participation in events that develop and enhance the student experience. Alan was nominated for the opportunities he creates for students to get real-life experience; whether that is working with the Union on events or sourcing volunteering opportunities. “Alan teaches me to push myself and constantly seek new opportunities to push myself both academically and in my desired career path.”

Shortlisted Candidates:

Deborah Pearce

Programme Lead for Biology and Environment

Deborah’s role is to ensure students get the most out of their degrees, as well as supporting colleagues in their academic roles. The student nomination praised the fact that Deborah regularly creates opportunities for students to attend career events and find out about professional opportunities. The nomination highlighted that “recently, she organised for the CIEM to come into uni so that we could hear about the work they do and find out about more opportunities.”

“Deborah goes above and beyond for us, her students”

Peter Szende

Programme Lead for MSc Programmes (Hospitality & Tourism)

The nomination acknowledged that Peter wants his students to be successful in their professions, rather than just focussing on passing a module. It praised the fact that he created real-life experiences and challenges, setting up meetings with hospitality professionals, mock interviews and presentations from world-leading hotel chains.

“He definitely goes the extra mile, and I strongly believe he deserves this award.”

 

 

Full nominations list

Outstanding Teaching for Employability

Adrian Bullock

Alison Forhead

Bruce John Riddoch

Craig Prosser

Dai Griffiths

Eiman Elbanhawy

Jody Bell

John Runions

Maia Pal

Priya Samuel

Rob Bennie

Shortlisted:

Deborah Pearce

Peter Szende

Winner:

Alan McBlane