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Staff honoured at EUSA Teaching Awards

Teaching excellence across the College has been recognised at the annual EUSA Teaching Awards.

Julie Dickson collects her award at the 2016 EUSA Teaching Awards

Students voted in a range of categories to honour staff who have had a major impact on improving their learning experiences.

The Teaching Awards began in 2009 to highlight the importance of excellence in teaching alongside the University’s research activity. They are organised by Edinburgh University Students’ Association (EUSA).

The awards recognise teachers, support staff and peer support leaders who strive to raise standards and introduce innovative ways of helping students to learn.

Night of celebrations

Jamie Davies collects his award at the 2016 EUSA Teaching Awards

Winners were announced at a ceremony held in the University’s Teviot Row House. More than 2000 nominations were received, and a student judging panel agreed the shortlist and winners.

Awards in 11 categories, including Best Personal Tutor, Best Feedback and Best Support Staff were presented.

The winners

From the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Julie Dickson won the 'Best Overall Teacher for Teaching in Veterinary Sciences' award. Congratulations were also due to Sharon Boyd, who was the shortlisted nominee and runner up for the same award. 

From Edinburgh Medical School Jamie Davies won the 'Best Overall Teacher - The Kendell Award for Teaching in Medicine.'

There were many other members of staff who were nominated in a wide range of categories and you can find the full list of nominated staff here.

I am very surprised to have received this year's award, and very grateful to the anonymous students who nominated me. EUSA's award scheme, at all levels, is a great example of the partnership that has developed between students and faculty for nurturing innovative learning and teaching in the University.  This partnership will no doubt take teaching to levels far beyond what we current winners have achieved

Jamie Davies

It is a great honour to receive such a thoughtful and inspiring award, thank you to all the students who nominated me.

Julie Dickson

Teaching Matters

The University is also celebrating innovative learning techniques – and sharing great teaching ideas – as part of its Teaching Matters initiative.

The Teaching Matters website, and accompanying blog, allows teachers and learners to explore new ideas, demonstrate fresh approaches and discuss ways to improve learning. It also highlights the best examples of teaching.