Annual Review 2016/17

The Students' Association Teaching Awards 2016/17

Every year the Edinburgh University Students’ Association honours staff at the University with its Teaching Awards.

Now in their ninth year, the Students’ Association Teaching Awards honour the very best contributions to the student learning experience made by teaching and support staff across the University.

More than 2,400 nominations were received from students for this year’s awards, which took place in Teviot Row House on Thursday 27 April 2017.

Here we celebrate the winners and share some of the many positive and insightful comments made by the students who nominated them.

Best Innovative Assessment 

Fiona Duffy
Fiona Duffy, School of Health in Social Science, for Applied Psychology for Children and Young People

"We all developed new services, resources and training that are likely to be useful in the real world. I came out of the assignment with not only a good grade and a strong theoretical understanding, but I had a new mental health resource that I could discuss with future employers."

Best Personal Tutor

Rachel Howell
Dr Rachel Howell School of Social & Political Science

"She really cares about every student who passes through her doors. She uses her own experiences to connect to us and suggest the best ways forward."

Best Feedback 

Carlos Soler Montes
Dr Carlos Soler Montes School of Literatures, Languages & Cultures

"His feedback is beyond compare… he explains concepts thoroughly, diagnosing the individual strengths and weaknesses of each student while also seeking out ‘teachable moments’ that are useful for the entire class."

Best Student Who Tutors

Tim Squirrel
Tim Squirrel School of Social & Political Science

"When you go to his tutorials, you know you have someone who cares about your academic development and who is there to prepare you for the trauma of your very first university essays."

Best Support Staff

Karen Howie
Karen Howie School of History, Classics & Archaeology

"Karen is the linchpin of the School, without her and her IT team, I am convinced the School would fall apart. She is a gold standard employee and the University must never let her go."

Best Research or Dissertation Supervisor

Sarah Dunnigan
Sarah Dunnigan School of Literatures, Languages & Cultures

"Sarah’s contribution to academic life has been her unwavering compassion and kindness as a supervisor. She is an inspirational educator who has supported countless students through their postgraduate studies."

Best Course

Chris Breward and Nikki Moran
Dr Chris Breward and Dr Nikki Moran Edinburgh College of Art  for: Music, Style, Identity and Image in the Modern Age

"This is the first time we have had the opportunity to do a course that is truly cross-disciplinary. It is the only course I have taken which includes a wide range of students from all over the art school, including visiting students. The discussion in seminars is always lively and there has also been a refreshing amount of content about gender and race relations."

Kendell Award for Best Teaching in Medicine 

Kate Byrne
Dr Kate Byrne Edinburgh Medical School

"Kate is fully supportive of all her pupils, taking time to get to know each and every one of us. She strikes the perfect balance between offering knowledge and help and encouraging us to puzzle things out for ourselves."

Ian Campbell Award for Best Teaching in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Adam Budd
Dr Adam Budd School of History, Classics & Archaeology

"Adam’s teaching is legendary and his courses are consistently popular. Students experience rich, well thought-out teaching; as an active researcher and an expert in his field, Adam’s enthusiasm brings his subjects to life. He stands out from the crowd."

Van Heyningen Award for Best Teaching in Science and Engineering

Corinne Baulcomb
Corinne Baulcomb School of GeoSciences

"Corinne has blown me away by not only the sheer extent of expert knowledge that she has been able to convey precisely and clearly but also the enthusiasm and excitement that she has for the subject. The teaching has been fluid, fresh and challenging."

Best Teaching in Veterinary Science 

Jenna Richardson
Jenna Richardson Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies

"It is a challenging thing to make a 150+ seated lecture theatre of mixed-age, tired, unenthusiastic students feel re-enthused immediately after Christmas, but Jenna has done it from day one of our return."