Inspired learning and teaching
Dr James Vaughan receives the Department of the Year award on behalf of the Department of International Politics at the 2012 awards.
05 April 2013
Academics and members of staff from across the University who stand out for their ability to inspire, challenge and engage students will be recognised by the student body in a high profile awards ceremony at the end of April.
Led by the Students’ Union, with the support of the University, the Student Led Teaching Awards aim to encourage students to take a more proactive role in their learning and teaching experience and highlight areas of best practice by lecturers on the ground; many of whom are world leaders in innovative teaching practices.
The Awards will see students nominating online in 8 categories with a student, staff and external panel meeting in mid-April to choose a shortlist. The eventual winners will be announced and rewarded at a joint staff and student awards evening, hosted by the Students’ Union on 30th April.
At the same time, the Awards will also recognise and reward those course representatives who work at a grass roots level in the University to ensure that academic matters are being represented to senior figures. Students will be able to nominate from amongst themselves for the awards of Student Representative of the Year and Department of the Year.
Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor John Grattan said: “This is an excellent initiative on the part of the Guild of Students. Aberystwyth University has an enviable reputation for student satisfaction in teaching. What better way of recognising this than giving students an opportunity to voice their opinion on whom they feel are the star performers when it comes to teaching and inspiring them. It is also good to see support staff being acknowledged for their contribution as well as the students who play such an active role in providing feedback to Departments.”