College Recognition Award honours PPLS staff

Nick Treanor and Simon Fokt were both shortlisted for the Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Student Experience

Congratulations to philosophy lecturer Dr Nick Treanor who has received the CAHSS Recognition Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Student Experience. 

PPLS Learning Technologist Dr Simon Fokt was also a finalist for the same award.

Dr Nick Treanor

Dr Simon Fokt

Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Student Experience

Both Nick and Simon were shortlisted for this Award which aims to recognise staff who put student experience at the forefront of their way of working, supporting the needs of students first and foremost.

Nick's nomination

Nick won the award for his impact on Philosophy's undergraduate programme, helping to create several meaningful opportunities for staff and students to interact. This includes running various face-to-face events exchanging information about programmes and listening to students to help them with any issues that they face.

He has also helped break down the barriers between staff and students outside of the classroom through his Philosophy Reading Parties where staff and students spend the weekend hiking, discussing philosophy and playing games.

Simon's nomination

Simon was nominated for redesigning and standardising the way the School of PPLS use the virtual learning environment Blackboard Learn in campus teaching. This has inspired many learning technologists in other Schools to do the same.

Awards ceremony

Nominees and colleagues attended CAHSS Recognition Awards ceremony on Thursday 28 September 2017 in the University's Teviot Debating Hall, where winners were announced. 

CAHSS Recognition Awards

The Head of CAHSS, Professor Dorothy Miell, announced the winners for the 6 award categories: 

  • Award for Excellence in External Engagement 
  • Most Effective University community-building initiative 
  • Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Student Experience
  • Award for Outstanding Leadership
  • Award for Most Outstanding Team
  • Susan Manning Award for an Outstanding Mentor 

CAHSS Recognition Awards

CAHSS launched the awards in 2014 to honour outstanding contributions by staff employed within the College.