Celebrating excellence in teaching

Celebrating excellence in teaching

Winter graduations this week celebrated the quality of teaching at the University with three awards made to outstanding teachers in each of our three Colleges, voted for by their students.

The College of Physical Sciences Award for Excellence in Postgraduate Teaching was awarded to Dr Srinivas Sriramula (pictured receiving his Award from University Pro-Chancellor Professor Iain Torrance), Co-ordinator of the MSc programme in Safety and Reliability Engineering for Oil and Gas, in recognition of his motivational teaching and the excellent support he provides to his students.

The students taking his courses commented he is ‘an excellent lecturer’ and his lectures are ‘perfect and well structured’, demonstrating a depth of knowledge and professionalism which has ‘tirelessly inspired and motivated us’.

They added he has always ‘given support no matter how busy he is’ and ‘he is approachable and always there for his students.’

Dr Aileen Ackland was awarded the College of Arts and Social Sciences Award for Excellence in Postgraduate Teaching,  in recognition of Dr Ackland's commitment to being a supportive, professional, engaging and inspirational teacher.

Dr Ackland was nominated by all 14 students taking the 2014 PG Diploma class in Community Learning and Development, for guiding them through the most significant and transformational eighteen months of their lives.  Those nominating Aileen noted particularly their view of Aileen as: “a genuine educator with belief and understanding that enlightened and enriched every part of the professional journey.”

On Friday Dr Steve Tucker will be presented with the College of Arts and Social Sciences Award for Excellence in Postgraduate Teaching for his caring and passionate teaching, through which he engages and motivates his students.

Steve was nominated by Clinical Pharmacology masters students over a number of courses for his expert delivery of the teaching material.  In particular, students found that he made difficult concepts easy to understand.  He is described as “a gift to students”.