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The Students’ Association’s Teaching Awards 2021: Winners

The Students’ Association’s Teaching Awards 2021: Winners

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This year’s Teaching Awards came to an end on Wednesday 12 May, when we announced the winners over on the Students’ Association’s Facebook page. Over 2800 students took the time to nominate a member of staff this year, showing that the dedication of our lecturers, supervisors, support staff and tutors has not gone unnoticed. We are extremely proud of all members of staff for their work this year, but are pleased to be able to share the winners below.


Outstanding Commitment to Social Justice and Sustainability

Winner: Glen Cousquer, Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies

“He strives to create an inclusive and welcoming space for all students. He encourages his students to look outside the box and try to confront their own blind spots… Through his encouragement of reflexive practice, we are able to see ourselves and our place in the world more clearly, as not apart from but a part of the natural world… Living these principles in an embodied way is essential for a sustainable future.”


Outstanding Course

Winner: Race and Ethnicity – Katucha Bento, Nasar Meer and Shaira Vadasaria, School of Social and Political Science

“It has provided me with invaluable knowledge and the combination of lectures, readings and seminars has pushed me to think more critically and in a different way than to how I did at the start of this semester… What’s more, the knowledge gained has proved extremely useful outside of academic contexts and in my life more generally – I have been able to have informed discussions about contemporary issues to do with race/racism and understanding the legacy of colonialism with family members, friends and colleagues.”


Outstanding Innovation in Digital Teaching 

Winner: Brian Rabern, School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

“Dr. Rabern creates lectures that are genuinely entertaining, meaning we the students are able to better maintain focus on the educational content we’re supposed to be absorbing. Their engaging nature ultimately makes them more informative… Dr. Rabern has taken the current circumstances in stride and created a class that doesn’t suffer from the online format, but takes advantage of it and really delivers a quality curriculum.”


Personal Tutor of the Year

Winner: Judy Hardy, School of Physics and Astronomy

“Extremely generous with her time, she always made her students feel valued. She is the epitome of what a good personal tutor should be: kind, caring and committed to helping her students. These qualities make a great difference to the student experience, especially when those students are facing adversity.”


Student Tutor of the Year

Winner: Sam Nwokoro, School of Divinity

“From the first session Sam created an extremely open, non-judgemental atmosphere where I feel like everyone felt comfortable speaking and voicing their opinions… Thanks to Sam and his in depth tutorials, I always came out with a better understanding of the text for that week, really helping me further my confidence in the course.”


Supervisor of the Year

Winner: Neill Martin, School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures

“Neill has continuously put my research and goals into the wider perspective, pushing me to better myself as a member of the University and research community… I am incredibly grateful for everything that Neill has done for me and the encouragement he provides to the wider community at Edinburgh. This has been an unusual year, full of new worries, stresses or change but Neill has done so much to make this year enjoyable and fun. In that sense he leads by example. The department I study in would not be the same without him.”


Support Staff of the Year

Winner: Jean-Christophe Denis, School of Physics and Astronomy

“JC has been the leader of the Physics Outreach Team since he started it three years ago… JC is always encouraging us to give things our best try and most importantly to trust ourselves… I really appreciate that he has kept in close contact with us throughout the year, offering to provide support to anyone who needed it… he also provided me with a huge amount of support during the whole crisis, by pointing me to where I could seek help and also by just being an amazing listener. His support from the start and especially throughout this very challenging year has been invaluable to me and thanks to this I feel like I have grown a lot both as a science communicator and personally.”


Teacher of the Year (College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences)

Winner: Elizabeth Bomberg, School of Social and Political Science

“She is kind, approachable and wonderfully enthusiastic… Elizabeth goes above and beyond each week to maximise our learning and understanding, whether it be through her lectures, our lively live seminar discussions, providing clear and personalised feedback on our reading reflections, or through the myriad of extra events, podcasts, readings and resources that she signposts to us. I find Elizabeth’s teaching style to be clear, thorough and interesting…”


Teacher of the Year (College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine)

Winner: Crispin Jordan, Edinburgh Medical School: Biomedical Sciences

“The amount of work and effort he put into our course this year is obvious… The videos he made were engaging and easy to follow… He was very approachable and so willing to help students… was so kind and fun – introducing us to his pets and children and even set up a talent show for our class so we could meet each other – something he was very aware we hadn’t had the chance to do. I really think he was an excellent teacher this year for so many reasons and I think the effort he put in is unparalleled to anything I have ever seen before.”


Teacher of the Year (College of Science and Engineering)

Winner: Rose Zamoyska, School of Biological Sciences

“It’s been an absolute delight to engage with her lectures – they are always so eloquent, concise and logically structured… She also did a fabulous job in structuring discussion sessions, taking into account feedback from students… All of her discussion sessions fostered a wholesome, welcoming leaning environment, she’d always help you find your way through challenging concepts… Rose has made such a positive difference in ways she’s probably still unaware of.”

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