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Student Led Teaching Awards Winners Announced

Date: May 14, 2012

During February, hundreds of students sent in nominations for the first ever Student Led Teaching Awards (SLTAs), organised by the Students’ Union. The winners were announced this week at an awards ceremony on 9 May at the International Life Centre in University House.

Designed to recognise and celebrate excellence in teaching, supervision and support at the University, the SLTAs helped engage students in identifying best practice. Fully supported by the University, they assist academics to improve teaching practice in a constructive way.

All students had the opportunity to vote for their favourite lecturers or tutors in four categories and the winners were:

Best Teacher: Paul Tracey, Lecturer in the School of the Built Environment

Best Personal Tutor: Neil Withnell, Lecturer in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work

Best Supervisor: Dr Song Wu, Senior Lecturer in the School of the Built Environment

Best Student Rep: Elaine Norton, Third Year Diagnostic Radiography, School of Health Sciences

The judging panel also decided to award a special award for Best Overall School; this was the School with the highest number of individual colleagues nominated. The winner in this category was the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work and the award was accepted by Head of School, Tony Warne.

The day was also an opportunity to recognise the student reps who had achieved the highest level (level three) in their training for the role. Student reps listen to the concerns and experiences of their coursemates and act as spokespeople.

Caroline Dangerfield, President of the Students’ Union said: “Listening to the student voice should be a priority for all universities, and the Students’ Union is proud to be able to help students express their views and opinions about the teaching they receive here at Salford. The volume and quality of the nominations received are a testament to the fantastic and innovative teaching practice here, and we were delighted with the response from both students and staff."

Vice-Chancellor, Martin Hall said: “This was a great launch by the Students’ Union of what I hope will be an annual event. It was wonderful to see so many nominations by our students, recognizing the commitment and talent of all the teaching staff who were shortlisted.”

For the full list of shortlisted nominees and more information on the Teaching Awards, click here. 

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