This year, NUSU received 443 nominations for the 12 categories. Winners were then announced at the awards on 9th May, with many University staff, student representatives and the students who nominated in attendance.
Jonny Hall, former NUSU Education Officer, said: “Not only did we receive more nominations than ever before, but the quality of each nomination was inspiring. It made the shortlisting process both a difficult and daunting task, but being able to see the delight on the winners’ faces made the hard work more than worth it!
“We’ve had fantastic support from students and staff from all of our University’s campuses, and we are delighted that the TEAs have been able to recognise fantastic practice right across Newcastle University. It is our students who have nominated and shortlisted the excellent entries that we’ve received and I really want to thank them for their support.”
The Education Awards Winners for 2019 are:
Dr Chris O'Malley
Outstanding Contribution to Employability
Dr Lindsey Ferrie
Outstanding Contribution to
Professional Services Staff Member of the Year
Dr Philip Garrett
Outstanding Contribution to Equality, Diversity & Inclusivity
Dr Michael Waugh
Outstanding Contribution to Feedback
Dr Adam Potts
Taught Supervisor of the Year
Professor Matthew Gorton
Research Supervisor of the Year
Dr Pamela Woolner
Student Choice Award
Dr Neil Keegan
to Teaching - FMS
to Teaching - HaSS
Dr Clive Emary
to Teaching - SAgE
Dr Vasantha Subramaniyam
Outstanding Contribution to
Jonny continued: “The teaching quality and academic support at Newcastle University is exceptionally high and we’re very proud to have been able to help celebrate with outstanding members of staff once more.
Each of our winners was presented with an engraved glass teapot from NUSU as a memento for their hard work. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all of the winning staff members, as well as the shortlist, and thank all the students who took the time to nominate.”
If you weren’t able to attend the ceremony, make sure you check out the pictures from the evening or watch back NUTV’s live stream.
There are nine different categories that you can nominate an amazing member of staff for in The Education Awards (TEAs). Below, we explain what each of the categories is all about and provide examples from previous nominations that have led to a member of staff winning the award.
Please find the descriptions for each TEA category below. These descriptions should provide you with all the guidance you need to effectively tailor your nomination. For some categories, you will also find excerpts from winning nominations from previous years in italics, to give you some further inspiration!
This award recognises any member of teaching or support staff who has made an exceptional effort to help you enhance your employability or achieve your career goals while at University. This may take the form of: providing excellent careers advice or guidance; assisting you in gaining a placement or work experience position; helping you to secure a job or study place upon graduation; or organising events with employers or alumni.
“They offer great advice to their students on searching for placements and getting them in contact with companies. They regularly update our Blackboard feed and our emails with the latest opportunities available both in and outside the North East as they are the supervisor for the industrial placements and jobs.”
Nominations in this category are invited for members of staff who have provided outstanding pastoral support to students. You should nominate any member of staff who you feel has made an exceptional effort to ensure your personal wellbeing while at University. When nominating a staff member for this award, you should outline the ways their help has positively impacted on your experience at Newcastle University.
“They always have time to ask me how I'm doing, even when they are very busy. Prior to seeking their support, I was seriously considering putting my studies on hold, since my mental health was so bad I was finding it very difficult to continue. But, thanks to everything they have done for me, I have been able to carry on as planned and even make plans for my year abroad next year, which I don't think I would have been able to do back in November.”
This award is given to a member of staff who has made you a better and more confident student as a result of their feedback. When nominating a member of staff in this category, you may wish to consider factors such as the quality, quantity, timeliness and style of feedback they have given you.
“They made sure that feedback was always an inclusive dialogue rather than a lecture. It's clear that they put in enormous amounts of time and consideration into the feedback in a manner which allowed room for individuality and autonomy over all the work we did.”
This award recognises any member of staff who has made specific efforts to ensure that all students, regardless of their protected characteristics, have equal opportunities to succeed. This may take the form of: diversifying module content so that it is more representative of the student body; including students in the co-creation of the curriculum; developing alternative assessment methods which test a wider range of skills than more traditional approaches; researching the attainment gaps within their school or institute and taking specific measures to tackle them; or simply nurturing a welcoming and encouraging environment.
“They are involved in actively promoting the projects of a number of students and alumni in the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community such as the Harambee Pisidia festival of black arts and culture. They are great at networking people and adept at nurturing collaborative opportunities that get people together and make them feel welcome and to share together in a supportive environment.”
This award recognises a ,b>non-academic member of staff who has made an outstanding contribution to supporting the learning experience of students. This may have been in the form of helping with the administration of your course, facilitating access to learning resources, or developing a positive academic environment between students and staff in your school.
“They are an inexhaustible source of information on the set up of research experiments in the different labs and have extensive knowledge about all the equipment and techniques that students may want to apply. This has proven to be immensely useful to me and so many other students over the years.”
You should nominate a member of staff in this category if you are an undergraduate or postgraduate taught student who has received exceptional guidance and support from your dissertation supervisor. When nominating your supervisor for this award, you should detail how their supervision has enabled you to research and write a better thesis. In doing so, you may wish to consider their willingness to discuss ideas and how they have helped you resolve any issues that may have arisen during the course of your research.
“Their particular strength lay in the time and effort they provided in helping me to write up the work to produce my thesis. With their experience and extensive knowledge they were able to support me in developing a deeper in-site and greater understanding of theories and how research can be employed to lend evidence to the field.”
The winner of this award will be a member of staff who has provided outstanding academic supervision to postgraduate research students. Their guidance will have enhanced your abilities as a researcher as well as helping you overcome any personal or professional obstacles you may have faced. Factors you may want to consider when nominating a member of staff in this category are their accessibility, ability to communicate successfully and how they have prepared you for the next stage of your career.
“They make research very exciting and challenging, push their students hard beyond their comfort zones such as letting me learn the use of Maple software or doing some project design work. Their sharp and very deep insight has challenged me to expand my mind and to make new links between my research area and other potential research areas.”
This is where you get to create your own TEA! If you think a staff member at the University deserves a TEA, but can’t see a category that they fit into, then you have the opportunity to create your own award. All you need to do is come up with a name for the award and then complete the nomination as you would do for any other category. Then if your nomination is considered outstanding by the judging panel, we will create the award for you and present it to the member of staff you have nominated.
*There will be one Outstanding Contribution to Teaching Award for each Faculty and one to cover both the University’s two Overseas Campuses the University’s Campus in London and the University’s INTO provision.
This award recognises members of academic staff –including postgraduate students who teach– whose teaching excels in all areas. Their outstanding teaching should encourage a passion for the subject and engage you actively in the learning process. Factors you might wish to consider when nominating a member of staff in this category are their teaching methods and approaches, their role in deepening your understanding of the course content, or how they have enabled you to become a more effective learner.
There is one award per faculty and one encompassing the global campuses (NU London, INTO, Singapore Campuses (NUIS), NUMed (Malaysia)).
“Through their teaching methods and positive attitude throughout the module, I managed to receive results I could only have dreamed of beforehand. Their methods did not just involve being talked at, but guiding us through examples during the lectures, step by step, so that we developed a good understanding of how the concepts and actions they spoke of could actually be put into practice.”