The Students' Association's Teaching Awards recognises the teachers, personal tutors, students who tutor, research supervisors, and support staff who made a big, positive impact on students' learning experiences at the University of Edinburgh.

 

In 2019, we received over 2,000 nominations - thank you to all those who took the time to nominate and congratulations to everyone who was nominated!

The winners were announced at a ceremony on 25 April 2019, at Teviot Row House.

 

 

See below for the 2019 Teaching Awards results!

 

 

 

 

~~ Shortlist ~~

 

Sakie Chiba-Mooney, School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures

"Chiba-sensei has offered various suggestions to meet our demands for more grammar practice, more speaking opportunities, etc. This colossal amount of work that Chiba-sensei puts in to keep up with all of our requests is not strictly limited to class materials, as she also offers extra homework and Japanese language official examination mock papers (and she has set up mock exam sessions almost immediately after we suggested it) to any student who wishes to practice more Japanese outside of class."

 

Fumiko Narumi-Munro, School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures

"She oversaw the complete reform of the pre-honours Japanese Language courses, introducing the new Japanese Language Beginner, Post Beginner, Pre-Intermediate and Lower Intermediate modules in this academic year. This was in response to feedback received from first year students in 2017/18; phasing out the former Japanese Language 1 and 2 courses with immediate effect was the product of huge work and effort on her part to listen to student feedback."

 

~~ Winner ~~

 

Fumiko Narumi-Munro, School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures

 

 

 

 

~~ Shortlist ~~

 

Elizabeth Bomberg, School of Social and Political Sciences

"Professor Bomberg takes the time to give individual feedback on reading reviews for the whole Global Environmental Politics class every week. It's always constructive, highlighting good and repeatable behaviour while constructively critiquing areas of weakness. Through these critiques, each one of my submissions has advanced, helping hone research and writing skills as well as the ability to create better and stronger arguments."

 

Lev Sarkisov, School of Engineering

"He offered individual feedback sessions, where he discussed the marked assignment one-on-one, trying to help us to see where our strengths and weaknesses are and gave us tips to improve our skills…  He held a ‘help session’ for the entire class, where he addressed general mistakes done by many of us. Apart from all the supportive and encouraging feedback he gave us for the assignments during the semester, he also set up several additional surgery hours for exam preparation!"

 

~~ Winner ~~

 

Lev Sarkisov, School of Engineering

 

 

 

 

~~ Shortlist ~~

 

Ethics of Artificial Intelligence, School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences – Mark Sprevak

"The course explores a new and exciting area of philosophy, engaging with topics of contemporary interest and societal significance, building our cross-disciplinary expertise. It is delivered in a new and refreshing way that gives us the chance to think and work in class with one another to make sure we fully understand the concepts and arguments."

"We are in the formative years of AI, and the students who are educated in these types of classes will go on to dictate the policies and thinking that ultimately impact the entire global community. Without classes like this, the future of AI (and by extension humanity) will be precarious at best."

 

Geography Fieldwork Foundations (Human), School of Geosciences – Tom Slater, Jan Penrose, Julie Cupples

"Being outside the classroom with the lecturers who know so much about what they are teaching about and what we were experiencing was phenomenal as we got to speak to them in a relaxed way and express and develop our opinions without the rigidity of a lecture or tutorial… This wasn't just a field trip and it, for me, wasn't just a course. It was a life changing experience in which I will never forget and was only made possible really by the connections that the lecturers made with the people within Cape Town and their bravery and confidence to take us to a city full of many contradictions."

 

Outdoor Environmental Education: Concept-Based Practice, School of Education – Robbie Nicol

"We were asked to think big, to look at worldwide environmental issues such as climate change, the world’s dependency on plastic or deforestation. During those five days, Robbie Nicol encouraged us to think about our sphere of influence as educators… Those five days were rich in information that will help me in my professional development but the reason why this information is anchored in my brain is because of the connections I developed between the people, our practice and the place."

 

~~ Winner ~~

 

Ethics of Artificial Intelligence, School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences – Mark Sprevak

 

 
 
 
 
~~ Shortlist ~~
 
 

Tom Gillingwater, Edinburgh Medical School: Biomedical Sciences

"Tom Gillingwater is among the finest lecturers I've had the pleasure of listening to. He's a concise, effective, and expert lecturer, giving the students an opportunity to really absorb the information. His top priority is not to simply deliver information or let the student know what's examinable, but for his students to understand the material and succeed in the course."

"His engaging methods of teaching were a breath of fresh air from the standard lecture, with him regularly challenging us to develop our knowledge; but he also ensured that we learnt how to use our knowledge, by engaging with us in the various Anatomy Labs we had. He'd occasionally show what I can only phrase as "tough love", if we asked him for an answer, he'd push our knowledge to the limits first, before ensuring we went away knowing more than we did upon entering."

 

David Kluth, Edinburgh Medical School: Clinical Sciences

"The amount of effort Dr. Kluth has put into supporting the final year students in the preparations for Finals has been incredible. He has worked tirelessly providing lectures, online material and answering queries within minutes... He gives the impression that he genuinely cares about each and every one of us and how we do - what more could you want from a teacher?"

"He has kept us all in good spirits and I couldn't have done it without him. He is someone who has made a huge impact on everyone's last year here and we are so grateful for all he has done.

"It is rare to see someone so knowledgeable in a clinical setting who also enjoys his job, and makes his students enjoy learning. All in all, it would not be a stretch to say that Dr Kluth is likely the reason a large proportion of the year graduates!"
 
 

~~ Winner ~~

 

David Kluth, Edinburgh Medical School: Clinical Sciences

 
 
 
 
 
~~ Shortlist ~~ 

 

Tom Beeston, The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies

"He takes time to teach students about the details of anaesthesia in a way that they will understand the often difficult subject, while remaining friendly and easy to talk to. Tom is quick to learn student's names and gives the impression that he genuinely cares about your learning, and will go beyond the core material in his explanations if the student shows an interest." 

 

Thalia Blacking, The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies

 "Her lectures were clear and informative and help was always offered in the practicals to those who needed it. Not only was her teaching brilliant but she also made us practise papers, ran tutorials and extra learning resources for areas of the course that we didn't feel as comfortable in."
 
 

~~ Winner ~~

 

Thalia Blacking, The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies

 
 
 
 
 

~~ Shortlist ~~

 

Clare Barnes, School of Geosciences

"It is evident that she puts a lot of work into her classes and research into different teaching techniques. I often feel intimidated by a more interactive approach to teaching; however Clare has managed to create a highly supportive and fun learning environment within which she accommodates and acknowledges a range of learning styles and as a result I feel has though my personal confidence has increased. I also feel more connected to my fellow classmates as a result of the interactive and open teaching-styles employed in class. Clare has a really amazing ability to connect to the people in her class and encourage engagement in a gentle and approachable way."

 

Richard Milne, School of Biological Sciences

 "Richard is a hero. I was genuinely excited for each and every one of his ODL lectures this year, because his incredible use of animation - both on MS PowerPoint and of his own body - made each lecture engaging, surprisingly entertaining, and memorable. As well as that, he related seemingly trivial information to the way in which plant science can be used in today’s world to solve global issues on countless occasions, which was great to hear. He made great use of audience participation, having students throw sweets around the room to demonstrate the difficulties of pollination was genius, and a nice change from the standard lecture format."

 

~~ Winner ~~

 

Richard Milne, School of Biological Sciences

 

 

 

 

~~ Shortlist ~~

 

James Harrison, School of Law

"His teaching methods are inclusive, interactive and encouraging, and his knowledge and expertise on subjects throughout my courses are incredible, considering he is one of the only international law teachers at the University within the field of International Environmental Law, as well as in Law of the Sea."

"In any dialogue, James goes beyond meeting students halfway, and seems to enter each student’s understanding of issues, letting students play a large role in development of the concepts, and bringing out the needed issues and principles through dialogue."

 

Augusto Voltes-Dorta, Edinburgh Business School

"He has a pedagogical talent, he explains the abstract content in a straightforward way by connecting the theory with practical examples and videos. He is very enthusiastic about his subject and he spreads this enthusiasm in the class… I never learned so much in such a short time, but he designed the lecture in a way that it is well possible."

"Every lecture, he delivers content in an interesting, easy to understand manner. He is always happy to help out, whether it’s a question about the assignment, exam or anything outside the course, such as giving me advice for my dissertation even though he's not my supervisor."
 

~~ Winner ~~

 

Augusto Voltes-Dorta, Edinburgh Business School

 
 
 

 

 

~~ Shortlist ~~

 

James Mooney, Centre for Open Learning

"His support is a big part of the reason I chose to stay on the course...  It would of been so easy for me to give up...  and I believe that is probably the route I would have taken if I had not received the support that I was given. I have since been offered a place to study psychology at degree level which even a year ago I would not have ever imagined happening...  I can't thank James enough for the advice he gave me in regards to my studies and the power over my future it has provided me. I now know I can achieve my goals and work towards my dream career."

 

George Palattiyil, School of Social and Political Sciences

"His support in Year one was unwavering even as he challenged me to expand my thinking and sometimes think in entirely new ways. He pushed me to believe in myself and my capabilities when most needed... My achievement on this programme will in no small part be due to George's efforts - his generosity in sharing his knowledge, his commitment to student success and his understanding of the full nature of life: academia, and beyond are truly the embodiment of a stellar Personal Tutor and Social Worker."

 "George is a real credit to the university and to the social work profession - I’m glad he is my tutor as well as my mentor."

 

~~ Winner ~~

 

George Palattiyil, School of Social and Political Sciences

 

 

 
 

~~ Shortlist ~~

 

Katherine Inglis, School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures

"Katherine has such a rare approach to teaching, proactively seeking to learn from her students' diverse backgrounds and ideas... Katherine's sensitivity and enthusiasm has given me hope that there could be a place in academia for me in the future - she is one of those paving the way for a more inclusive and vibrant academic environment"

 

Katie Monk, School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

"Dr Katie Monk was brilliant! She taught Topics in the philosophy of Gender and Race (a course that is by its nature, a very challenging course to teach) with extreme sensitivity and made sure everyone's voice was heard."

"As a Black, LGBT male it was so refreshing to have my peers hear things from my perspective, to read Black authors and LGBT authors." 

 

~~ Winner ~~

 

Katie Monk, School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

 
 

 

 

~~ Shortlist ~~

 

Rhodri Leng, School of Social and Political Sciences

" I am nominating Rhodri for a teaching award is because he has been the most helpful tutor I have ever had. He consistently responded to any and all my questions with genuine care and effort...  In the classroom, Rhodri always facilitates a positive, even humorous, atmosphere which is engaging, educational, and builds a community in the tutorial group."

 

Jason Taylor, School of Informatics

"The help which Jason has given with regards to these two areas has been invaluable to my understanding of both the course content, and the fields of speech recognition and speech synthesis research. In labs, Jason is always actively engaging with students, either working through a problem, or just making conversation... he clearly cares about the people on the course, and that they reach their full potential."

 

~~ Winner ~~

 

Rhodri Leng, School of Social and Political Sciences

 

 

 

 

~~ Shortlist ~~

 

Juliet Kaarbo, School of Social and Political Sciences

 "Her supervision was always supportive of my intellectual and professional development as a researcher, but never directive... I also believe that teaching in this ‘self-discovery’ way and giving students room to find their personal, most suitable approach to learning and research is a more sustainable form of researcher training... It is very endearing to see that the student-supervisor bond can outlast and transform post-PhD."

"Professor Juliet Kaarbo is an inspiration both in relation to her astonishing breadth of knowledge and research output as well as her enthusiasm and down-to-earth nature. She is approachable, supportive, whilst remaining critical and able to provide constructive feedback. She represents everything one could hope for in a supervisor, and much more!"

 

Gale Macleod, School of Education

"Gale’s input at the early stages was crucial to managing a task that had the potential to be a daunting and overwhelming experience but turned out to be challenging but largely regarding... Gale’s knowledge and expertise was invaluable, both in highlighting the key literature, but also providing re-assurance and offering further recommendations when my topic moved away from my original PhD application. This gave me the confidence to incorporate literature from outside of education, including sociology, social work and philosophy and ultimately to significantly revise my thesis questions... As I enter the third year of my PhD, I am grateful to Gale for her sharp insights, her responsiveness, approachability, her genuine commitment to my topic and to my academic and professional development. "

 

~~ Winner ~~

 

Juliet Kaarbo, School of Social and Political Sciences

 

 

 

 

~~ Shortlist ~~

 

Mike Grieve, The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies

"To say that Mike Grieve is passionate about enhancing the vet school student experience would be the understatement of the century... he has gone above and beyond his academic and administrative support role to create a cohesive, integrated, supportive, and fun community within the Vet School... In such a demanding and stressful course it is so unbelievably impactful as a student to know that you have not only a staff member, but a genuine friend and confidant, so dedicated to students and their time at this university."

"He recognises each student by name and face even if you have barley met and makes everyone feel known and welcome.
He is honestly the most kind, genuine, approachable and helpful all round good human being I have ever had the good fortune to come across and the school would crumble without him."

 

Clay Young, School of Social and Political Sciences

"Clay is someone who has the ability to make you feel like your problems are shared problems. He never made them feel like they were too small or too hard to fix, he was there to work through them in a way that made me feel like it was okay to not worry about them. He is incredibly kind and someone who is comfortable to be around, even when you feel like you're having some of the worst days of your life."

"Last semester, many friends of mine in the School of SPS, and I lost a member of our friendship group to cancer. While we navigated extensions, special circumstances and grief, Clay was unwavering and bright in his support of us, he took the time to carefully explain processes to us, and treated us always with sensitivity and kindness. Clay gave us brightness and academic certainty during what was a very difficult semester. He is approachable, knowledgeable and goes above and beyond to support SPS students."

 

~~ Winner ~~

 

Mike Grieve, The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies

 

 

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