College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Teaching stars step up for awards

Academics, tutors and support staff have been recognised at Edinburgh University Students’ Association’s annual Teaching Awards.

The prizes were presented at a ceremony last night (Thursday, 27 April) in the Debating Hall at Teviot Row House.

Now in their ninth year, the awards – the first of their kind in the UK – celebrate the best contributions to the student experience made by teaching and support staff.

More than 2,400 nominations were received from students for this year’s awards.

Award winners

Among the winners were Edinburgh College of Art’s Professor Chris Breward and Dr Nikki Moran. They picked up the ‘Best Course’ award for their ‘Music, Style, Identity and Image in the Modern Age’ programme. Students praised the course for its innovative, cross-disciplinary approach.

Fiona Duffy, of the School of Health in Social Science, received the ‘Best Innovative Assessment’ award for her course ‘Applied Psychology for Children and Young People’. Students highlighted the transferable skills and strong theoretical understanding they gained during the course.

Elsewhere, Dr Rachel Howell, of the School of Social and Political Science, was named ‘Best Personal Tutor’, and the ‘Best Feedback’ prize was awarded to Dr Carlos Soler Montes, of the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures.

The full list of winners can be found at the link below.


In this short video, a few of the award winners share their thoughts on learning and teaching.

Student feedback

Comments received for the 2015-2016 nominations are helping the Students' Association and the University improve teaching and support.

The feedback will inform decision-making on a range of topics, including quality student contact, workload allocation.

The sheer volume of nominations is a testament to how much students value the teaching and support that staff provide, and emphasises that the delivery of a course should be prioritised just as much as the content.

Patrick GarrattVice President Academic Affairs, Edinburgh University Students’ Association

Related links

Edinburgh University Students’ Association

Teaching Awards