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The Education Awards.

Hosted by Newcastle University Students’ Union, The Education Awards (TEAs) are students' opportunity to show their appreciation and reward exceptional staff from across Newcastle University who have had a massive impact on their student experience.

Welcome Video 2022 Award Winners Past Winners

Thank you! 

Thank you to everyone who submitted a nomination for The Education Awards (TEAs). We received a massive 459 nominations, many of them going into amazing detail about why you rate these members of staff so highly.

Your Education Officer, Livia Scott, and several of your amazing student reps have read through all the nominations to create a shortlist for each of the categories: an incredibly difficult task considering the high standard of nominations. However, we are delighted to announce that the 2022 TEAs shortlist is as follows:

Award Winners & Shortlisted.

 

This award recognises any member of teaching staff –including postgraduate students who teach– whose methods and approaches motivate you to engage actively with your learning, both on-campus and remote. When nominating, you may wish to consider how their approach to teaching influenced the learning environment; how adaptable they were to your academic needs; what learning and teaching material they offered, and how this helped your learning. 

Shortlisted (HASS Faculty)

  • Dr Stephanie Holton – School of History, Classics and Archaeology
  • [Winner] Dr Ella Mershon - School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics
  • Dr Kathryn Robson – School of Modern Languages

Shortlisted (SAGE Faculty)

  • Dr Vasilios Andriotis – School of Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • [Winner] Dr Gary Caldwell – School of Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Dr Jason Steggles – School of Computing

Shortlisted (FMS Faculty)

  • Dr Vanessa Armstrong – School of Biomedical, Nutritional and Sports Sciences
  • Mr David Edwardson – School of Dental Sciences
  • [Winner] Miss Laura Stevenson – School of Psychology

Shortlisted (Global Campuses Faculty)

  • Dr Hassan Karali – Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia
  • Dr Ratnadeep Saha – Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia
  • [Winner] Dr Tariq Shafi – Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia

This award recognises any member of staff whose efforts have enhanced your employability or helped you to achieve your career goals. This might take the form of providing excellent careers advice or guidance; enhancing your CV or portfolio; organising events with employers or alumni; assisting you in gaining a placement or work experience position; making you aware of career opportunities within your field or helping you to secure a job or study place upon graduation. 

Shortlisted:

  • Mr Chris Traynor – Newcastle University Student Services
  • Dr Arturo Vega – Newcastle University Business School

 

Winner

Mr Chris Traynor – Newcastle University Student Services

This award recognises any member of staff who has supported your learning in some way outside lectures and seminars. This may have been in the form of ensuring that you have everything you need in the lab, providing you with hard-to-find learning resources or generally contributing to the smooth running of your course. 

Shortlisted:

  • Mr Vajira Balasuriya – Newcastle University Business School
  • Dr Ruth Connolly – School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics
  • Miss Jennifer Stewart – Newcastle University Student Services
  • Dr Gethin Rees – School of Geography, Politics and Sociology

 

Winner

Dr Gethin Rees – School of Geography, Politics and Sociology

This award recognises any member of staff who has supported you during a difficult period. When nominating a staff member for this award, you should outline the ways that their help has positively impacted your studies. 

Shortlisted: 

  • Dr Ben Farrand – Newcastle Law School
  • Dr Mark Jackson – School of History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Professor Barrie Mecrow – School of Engineering
  • Dr Susanna Phillippo – School of History, Classics and Archaeology

 

Winner

Professor Barrie Mecrow – School of Engineering

This award recognises any member of staff who has made specific efforts to ensure that all students, regardless of disability, race, or other protected characteristics have equal opportunities to succeed. This may take the form of 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, inclusive and empowering environment.  

Shortlisted: 

  • Ms Laura Arbones-Martinez – School of Modern Languages
  • Dr Trevor James – School of Psychology
  • Dr Anjam Khan – Biosciences Institute
  • Dr Billie Moffat-Knox – School of Psychology

 

Winner

Dr Trevor James – School of Psychology

This award is given to a member of staff whose exceptional feedback has helped you improve as a student. When nominating a member of staff in this category, you may wish to consider factors such as the format of feedback (e.g. face-to-face, email), its depth and clarity and how it has positively impacted on your learning.    

Shortlisted: 

  • Mr Toby Martinez-de-las-Rivas – School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics
  • Dr Nikolaos Papanikolaou – Newcastle University Business School
  • Ms Timea Solyomvari – School of History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Dr Jane Webster – School of History, Classics and Archaeology

 

Winner

Ms Timea Solyomvari – School of History, Classics and Archaeology

You should nominate a member of staff to this category if you are an undergraduate or postgraduate taught student who has received exceptional guidance and support from the supervisor for your dissertation or similar project. When nominating your supervisor for this award, you should detail how their supervision, whether it was face-to-face or virtual, has enabled you to research and write a better thesis. You may wish to consider their availability, their responsiveness to your ideas, how they have helped you resolve any issues that may have arisen during your research and the impact that this had on your project. 

Shortlisted: 

  • Mr Vajira Balasuriya – Newcastle University Business School
  • Mr Robert Davidson – School of Engineering
  • Dr Gethin Rees – School of Geography, Politics and Sociology
  • Dr Spencer Hazel – School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences

 

Winner

Mr Robert Davidson – School of Engineering

This award recognises outstanding supervisors of postgraduate research students. Their guidance, whether it was delivered in person or virtually, 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.      

Shortlisted: 

  • Dr Kheng-Lim Goh – Newcastle University in Singapore
  • Dr James Knight – School of Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Dr Mei Lin – School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences
  • Dr Sergey Melnikov – Biosciences Institute

 

Winner

Dr Mei Lin – School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences

This category recognises the efforts of any staff member who has made specific and outstanding efforts to nurture the student community in your School or Institute. This could take the form of participating in the Student-Staff Committee or Student-Voice Committee; supporting Peer Mentors, societies or any student-led initiatives that promote community; nurturing research groups and communities for PGR students, or working in ways that create a sense of belonging.

Shortlisted:

  • Dr Joe Barton – Newcastle University Students’ Union
  • Ms Victoria Kundu – School of Computing
  • Professor Nick Megoran – School of Geography, Politics and Sociology
  • Dr Simon Wilkinson – School of Biomedical, Nutritional and Sports Sciences

 

Winner

Dr Simon Wilkinson – School of Biomedical, Nutritional and Sports Sciences

2022 Ceremony.

Last year we, unfortunately, were not able to put on an in-person ceremony due to the ongoing situation regarding Covid-19.

This year we are happy to announce that we plan on holding an in-person ceremony on Wednesday 4 May 2022. If you study at our Newcastle campus and your nomination leads to a member of staff being shortlisted you will receive an invite to the ceremony alongside your shortlisted member of staff.

TEAs Reports.

 

We are excited to share the TEAs Report 2021 with you; we believe that this is our most in-depth and insightful TEAs Report to date. We hope that you find the Report engaging, and we are sure that you will be as inspired as we are by its accounts of exceptional teaching and support during the incredibly challenging last 18 months! If you would like to discuss the findings in more detail you can contact rrc.union@ncl.ac.uk.


Previous Winners

On the evening of 29th April 2021, the virtual ceremony The Education Awards took place, bringing together staff and students to celebrate the amazing work of Newcastle University staff members and to announce the winners.

Hosted by Newcastle University Students’ Union, The Education Awards (TEAs) are your opportunity to show your appreciation and reward exceptional staff from across Newcastle University who has had a massive impact on your student experience. This year has been no exception as we received a record 674 nominations, across the 12 categories.

Hosted by your Education Officer, Sian Dickie, and Postgraduate Officer, Charlotte Boulton, Sian commented following the virtual ceremony: “This year’s TEAs have been a brilliant celebration of the amazing work of University staff through what has been an exceptionally challenging year. The volume and content of the nominations show how much students value the effort staff have put into this year and the appreciation they have congratulations to everyone who has been involved”.

Your winners for this year’s The Education Awards are:


Outstanding Contribution to Teaching – HASS Faculty

Dr Ronnie Das - Newcastle University Business School


Outstanding Contribution to Teaching – SAGE Faculty

Dr Roy Sanderson - School of Natural and Environmental Sciences


Outstanding Contribution to Teaching – FMS Faculty

Dr Caroline Allen - School of Psychology


Outstanding Contribution to Teaching – Global Campuses Faculty

Dr Rosita Louis - Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia


Taught Supervisor of the Year

Dr Ralf Kist - School of Dental Sciences


Research Supervisor of the Year

Professor Thomas Scharf - Population Health Sciences Institute


Outstanding Contribution to Feedback

Dr Michael Waugh - School of Arts and Cultures


Outstanding Contribution to Student Employability

Dr Joe Barton - Newcastle University Students' Union


Outstanding Contribution to Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity

Dr Ian McDonald - School of Arts and Cultures


Outstanding Contribution to Academic Support

Dr Lisa Garforth - School of Geography, Politics and Sociology


Outstanding Contribution to Personal Support

Dr Ruth Houghton - Newcastle Law School


Pandemic Solidari-TEA

Dr Elizabeth Evans - School of Psychology


Sian continued: “I would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to all the students who nominated in this year’s awards and congratulations to all the shortlisted and winning staff. I would also like to thank everyone behind the scenes who planned and organised the awards and the virtual ceremony. It has been a terrific year for the TEAs and I am sure Livia will enjoy organising these awards next year!”

If you missed the ceremony, you can watch back NUTV’s live coverage of the event here.

Nominations for the 2022 TEAs will open over the graduation period and then again in the new academic year, so start thinking about who you would like to nominate for next year’s awards!

Last year we received a massive 543 nominations! Once again, we were incredibly impressed with the high quality of the nominations submitted. It really does show the amazing impact Newcastle University staff have on your student experience. 

Unfortunately, due to the ongoing situation regarding Covid-19 we were not able to host the usual TEAs ceremony in 2020. Instead, last year’s winning staff give their acceptance speeches and messages of thanks in the video below. The video also includes tributes from some of the students who nominated this year’s winners, explaining why the staff member they nominated is so deserving of their award. 

 

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