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Teaching Excellence Awards 2015- Winners.

On Thursday 14th May USSA celebrated the 6th Annual Teaching Excellence Awards (TEAs). The Teaching Excellence Awards provide students with the opportunity to show their appreciation for the teachers that have gone above and beyond expectations in delivering learning and teaching across the University.

Over 100 academic staff nominees were joined by University of Strathclyde senior management and the USSA Executive to recognise the hard work and incredible teaching happening right across the campus. Teaching staff were nominated by students in the categories of supportive, innovative and enthusiastic giving students the opportunity to recognise and show appreciation for the diverse range of activities undertaken by their teachers to give them the best possible student experience. 

The nominations received for the Most Supportive Teacher Award showed that teaching staff are putting incredible amounts of effort into supporting students and many students made reference to the ways in which teaching staff had supported them through adverse personal circumstances and without that support they may not have remained on their courses or in university. 

The nominations received for the Most Innovative Teacher Award showed the vast array of learning and teaching practices implemented across the university to disseminate knowledge in unique and exciting ways. Students found that these examples of innovative teaching methods were not only helping them to learn the relevant course materials but inspiring them to engage with their discipline outside of their course content.

The nominations received for the Most Enthusiastic Teacher Award showed the incredible passion for subject areas and dedication to teaching shown by teachers across the campus. Students told us that this enthusiasm was infectious and inspired them to work harder and learn more about their discipline and to take this enthusiasm out into the world outside of academia. 

The winner of this year's Overall Best Teacher Award was Ben Farrand (below), from the School of Law in the Humanities and Social Sceinces faculty. On behalf of all the students at Strathclyde, we congratulate Ben and all those nominated for their outstanding efforts.

 Winner of Best Overall Teacher 2015  

The nominees, shortlists and winners are as follows: 


Best Overall Teacher


Ben Farrand

Cedric Moreau

Mike Murray 

Ian Towle

Lesley Waddell 

Winner: Ben Farrand


Most Enthusiastic


Andrew Marshall

Christine Dufes 

Michael Marck

Pamela Eadie 

Paul Hare 

Winner: Andrew Marshall 


Most Supportive Lecturer 


Ailsa Stewart

Doug Young 

Gill Friel 

Manuela Williams 

Susan McCool

Winner:  Manuela Williams 


Most Innovative Teacher 


Carolyn Allen 

Conor McBride 

Gillian Pallis 

Paul Ferri 

Rodolphe Desbordes

Conor McBride 

Winner: Conor McBride 


Best in Faculty- Business


Alex Dickson 

Michael Harker 

Philip Taylor 

Winner: Philip Taylor 


Best in Faculty- Engineering


Miguel Jorge 

Charles Knapp 

Karyn Ross 

Winner: Miguel Jorge


Best in Faculty- HaSS 


Hugh Gallagher 

Jemima Anderson 

Noemie Jollet

Winner: Noemie Jollet 


Best in Faculty- Science 


Christine Dufes 

Nigel Langford

John Connolly 

Winner: John Connolly

For the full list of nominees please see here.

These awards give students the opportunity to give something back to the teaching staff that clearly do so much for them. It is a great opportunity for students to recognise and say thank you for the excellent teaching they receive in our classrooms, our labs and our lecture theatres.

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