21st April 2010 12:45 pm
Three lecturers at Abertay University have received the ultimate accolade – a ringing endorsement of their teaching skills from their own students.
Professor John McLeod, Dr Nia White and Dr Wallace McNeish were chosen out of 129 Abertay academics who had been nominated by more than 800 students – almost 20% of the student body.
Professor McLeod of Abertay’s School of Social and Health Sciences received the “Creative or Innovative Teaching Award”, with the runners-up being Charles Malone and Lynn Wright.
Dr White of the School of Contemporary Sciences received the “Providing the Best Platform for Employability Award”, and the runners-up were Dr Fiona Gabbert and Andrea Cameron.
Dr McNeish of the School of Social and Health Sciences won the “Outstanding Ability Award”, with runners-up being Dr Kenny McAlpine, Julia McLeod and Dennis Gentles.
The awards were presented by University of Abertay Dundee Students’ Association (UADSA) president Ian Todd in a special ceremony this evening in the University’s Student Centre.
The ceremony was attended by Liam Burns, president of the National Union of Students Scotland, and by Professor Bernard King CBE, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Abertay.
Liam Burns said: “It is incredible the difference which can be made to a student’s life by a lecturer who is willing to go above and beyond. Scotland has some of the best academics in the world and it is about time we started shouting about it.
“Of course, there’s always room for improvement, and awards like these are an amazingly positive way to highlight the great teaching which is happening on our campuses every day.
“I'm delighted to see so many nominations at Abertay's awards and it's been great to see how well the student and staff body have engaged in the process.
“Congratulations to all those nominated. Better than an annual appraisal any day!”
Professor King said: “It is a tribute to the strength and vitality of our academic community that so many students have taken the time to nominate so many staff. I congratulate all staff who were nominated, and particularly those who have been short-listed.”
A committee comprising the president and vice-president of UADSA, one undergraduate student, one postgraduate student, one international students and a senior member of University staff sifted through all 801 nominations and drew up a short-list of 10 nominees for the awards.
It is believed that Abertay had proportionately the highest number of nominations of any of the eight Scottish universities taking part in a national Student-Led Teaching Awards scheme organised jointly by NUS Scotland and the Higher Education Academy.
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