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06 June 2012
Glamorous frocks, a film by George Lucas* and some memorable acceptance speeches, the third LiverpoolSU Teaching Awards were definitely a night to remember. More importantly, they demonstrated how valued good teaching is by LJMU students, as Paul Abernethy, the outgoing Vice President (Academic Quality) and new LiverpoolSU President for 2012/2013, explained in his opening speech: "LJMU students want to talk about the quality of their education and show us all that it is high quality. This partnership in education is one of the most exciting things about our University."
He continued: "LiverpoolSU wants LJMU to be the best, and to do what we need to help create a culture where amazing teaching is pursued relentlessly and celebrated endlessly. We'll do our best to make sure that the University and all students share in the enthusiasm for amazing teaching."
*Students George Ellis and Lucas Barr from the Liverpool Screen School produced and directed a short film for the event, profiling teaching at the University (click the video link above to see the film).
Amazing Teacher Award
Twelve exceptional candidates were shortlisted in this category:
- Rob Timlin - Faculty of Education, Community and Leisure
- David Lowe - Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies
- David Llewellyn-Jones - Faculty of Technology and Environment
- Cathy Montgomery - Faculty of Sciences
- Traci Hudson - Faculty of Health and Applied Social Sciences
- Ian Fairclough - Faculty of Health and Applied Social Sciences
- Charles Roberts - Faculty of Technology and Environment
- Alex Douglas - Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies
- Jackie Douglas - Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies
- Andrea Mallaburn - Faculty of Education, Community and Leisure
- Christopher Carter - Faculty of Technology and Environment
- Bryan Scott - Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies
The judges had a difficult task to select a worthy recipient of this prestigious award and so decided to present a joint award to David Lowe (School of Law, Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies) and Traci Hudson (Faculty of Health and Applied Social Sciences).
David Lowe received dozens of thoughtful and well-evidenced nominations, and is described by students as 'exciting' and 'inspirational'. One nominee stated: "They inspire me to study a subject that I felt would overwhelm me. They devote time to every one of us, if and when we need it."
Another memorably said: "My flatmate and I are both on this course and when I mentioned to her that I had this teacher for these tutorials at the start of the year, I may as well have said that I have all of the members of One Direction, she was that jealous."
David laughingly described himself as a 'Kenny Comp' saying that he’d left school with just one O-Level. He enrolled at LJMU as a part-time student and said his award was in no small part the result of the inspirational teachers he’d encountered as a student.
To see David in action, click here.
Traci Hudson received such warm and sincere nominations, with many examples of innovative practice in teaching, assessment, feedback and pastoral support, that the judges were in no doubt that she was a very worthy winner. One Course Rep said: "We come away not feeling like we've had a lecture, but we have learnt loads and we never forget it", while another student said she not only actively engaged with her own cohort of students but was "approachable by all students within the Faculty".
Traci was visibly moved to win and laughingly said she’d try not to do "a Gwyneth Paltrow" when she came up to collect her award, which she described as her "best ever because it came from students". She praised colleagues in the Faculty of Health and Applied Social Sciences, in particular Phil Carey, and said that with their support she had learnt how to take risks in teaching in a measured way to make a difference to students.
Amazing Support Team
Three teams were nominated for this award:
- Aldham Robarts Learning Resource Centre Team
- LJMU Food Academy
- IM Marsh Lab technicians
The award went to the Aldham Robarts Team and was collected by Leo Appleton from Library and Student Support, who said the team consisted of "hundreds of people who make the LRC work". He added that they were very proud to receive the award as it reflected their belief that they "were very much part of teaching and learning at the University".
Amazing Personal Tutor
Jackie Gresham, Director of the Academic Enhancement Unit, presented this award, praising all Personal Tutors for "making such a difference to the lives of students". As a member of the judging panel she said that this was a particularly hard category to judge as "every single nomination positively glowed with the sincere gratitude that students wanted to express to their personal tutors".
Three candidates were shortlisted for this award and all exemplified Jackie’s comments:
- Louise Williams - Faculty of Education, Community and Leisure
- Adam Richards - Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies
- Kate Knight - Faculty of Health and Applied Social Sciences
Adam Richards was the worthy winner and his award was collected by Roger Webster, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies.
Amazing Course Team
Three course teams were shortlisted in this category:
- Sociology - Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies
- Adult Nursing Diploma - Faculty of Health and Applied Social Sciences
- Business Management - Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies
The award went to the Business Management Team, in recognition of their innovative and wide ranging engagement and support for their students, as described in this nomination: "The dedicated support and friendliness of the programme team has made my University career really enjoyable. The team have helped me to develop both socially and academically during my time at LJMU. Thanks to this team I will leave University with fond memories and an abundance of inspiration and knowledge from the staff. I definitely chose the right programme three years ago."
The Academic Supervisor Award received nominations for undergraduate, postgraduate taught and research supervisors. The nominees shortlisted for the award were:
- Jenny Jones - Faculty of Science
- Derek Kasem - Faculty of Education, Community and Leisure
- Helen Rogers - Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies
The winner, Jenny Jones, was nominated by both postgraduate and undergraduate students for consistent and outstanding supervision. Students said that her "potent mix of humour, experience and good sense" was extraordinary. One student stated that: "She personifies 'Dream, Plan, Achieve'. You want to keep going and complete for Jenny's sake as much as your own. A fellow postgrad was awarded his doctorate last year and he wrote 'I think we can both agree that this is as much down to you as me'. I second that."
Jenny’s award was collected by Aly Leigh from the Faculty of Science.
Amazing Contribution Award
For the second year running this award was presented to the Faculty of Education, Community and Leisure. The award was presented by Professor Diana Burton, Pro Vice Chancellor (Academic Enhancement, Research & Regional Engagement). Professor Burton explained that the award recognises "a person, or part of the University, which has received outstanding support from students. Through the nomination process, it is easy to spot the deep respect, love and pride that students have [for the Faculty], and where it gathers a critical mass, it is important that it is celebrated. The partnership between staff and students has produced such clear and superb results for students."
The Dean of the Faculty of Education, Community and Leisure, Kate Johnston, was obviously delighted to win the award again and said that it was in recognition of all the people in the Faculty "who work together to support students".
Amazing Course Rep
Two awards were presented in this category.
Jennifer Rutter from the Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies received a commendation from the LiverpoolSU.
Kerry Usher, again from the Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies, won the award, which was presented by Usman Ali from the National Union of Students. On one nomination form, Kerry was described as a "voice to rely on; the voice of the cohort". During her acceptance speech, Kerry thanked her team of Law academics, particularly David Lowe, joint winner of the Amazing Teacher Award, saying that they had "made me the person I am today".
The other candidates nominated for this award were:
- Mahli Jalland - Faculty of Health and Applied Social Sciences
- James Appleton - Faculty of Education, Community and Leisure
- Gemma Ahearne - Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies