Students asked to name top teachers

Nominations are being sought for a Students’ Association award scheme that recognises teaching excellence.

Students at the launch of the EUSA teaching awards

The EUSA teaching awards, which were held for the first time in 2009, recognise achievement in ten categories.

The awards are part of a commitment by EUSA to highlight the importance of excellence in teaching alongside the University’s research activity.

Thousands of entries

A total of 2,704 nominations were received for this year’s awards, which were made in April - for 621 staff, 191 courses and 60 departments.

The call for nominations for 2010 came at a conference called Inspiring Teaching, organised jointly by EUSA and the University, which was held in the Students' Union.

The event gave staff and students a chance to explore the many interesting and exciting ways that teaching is delivered across our university.

Previous winners

There were keynote addresses from two of the 2009 award winners - Elizabeth Bomberg from Politics and International Relations and Richard Milne of Biological Sciences.

Delegates also attended a series of workshops featuring Tonks Fawcett from Nursing Studies, Tom Bruce of Engineering, Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones from Classics, Simon Bates of Physics, Stuart Anderson from Informatics, Gordon Findlater of Anatomy and Maria Chamberlain of Biological Sciences.

The first teaching awards were a fabulous success, which really raised the profile of quality teaching within the University.The Inspiring Teaching conference was an informal, fun and useful event which built on the success of the teaching awards and I am hopeful that it will become a regular feature in the university calendar.

Evan BeswickEUSA Vice-President Academic Affairs