Recognition of Excellence in Supporting and Inspiring Students

The University recognises and celebrates good practice and exceptional performance. So on Monday 22 January course leaders of courses which have had an exceptional performance in terms of overall NSS performance relative to subject area and/or in terms of greatest overall improvement were invited to a celebratory event at Fyvie Hall.

The event recognised the achievements of teams excelling in supporting and inspiring students, as reflected in the NSS results for 2017. The celebration event was an opportunity to hear from colleagues about their views and experience of supporting and inspiring students as well as share best practice.

The event opened with a welcome and introduction by Roland Dannreuther DVC Student Experience.

This was followed by members of the Student Union (Dan Seamarks, Ethel Tambudzai, Ludovica Siniscalchi & Joseph Ikebudu) who explained what they were doing to support teaching and learning.

Highly performing courses were invited to reflect on the factors which have contributed to improving the student experience.

Abdelhafid Benamraoui, Course Leader for BSc Finance, explained how important creating a sense of community was, emphasised the importance of team work and developing a Student Centric Approach and Ben Pitcher, Course Leader for BA Sociology, explained how their research based teaching and team approach has led to a 97% overall satisfaction with the quality of the course.

Helen Farrell, Course Leader for BA Tourism and Events, then offered their way of ensuring student satisfaction through team work, enthusiasm about the subject, being open to new ideas and how support from library & registry is key. Christopher Biggs, Course Leader for BSc Pharmacology and Physiology, then followed explaining their 6 point plan and concluding that one had to be BOLD and publicise the positive things you know that you are doing!

Course leaders’ award certificates were handed out by Roland Dannreuther to course leaders from all faculties. Certificates were awarded to BSc Finance Abdelhafid Benamraoui, BSc Accounting, Petar Sudar, BA Business Management (Accounting), Phil Sainter & Eleni Chatzivgeri, BA Marketing Management Darrell Kofkin, BA English Language and Linguistics Andrew Caink, BA Sociology Ben Pitcher, BA Politics & International Relations Dan Conway, BA History Katja Seidel, BA Fine Art Mixed Media Ben Joiner, BA Photography Gavin Jack, BA Film Peter Hort, BMus Commercial Music Performance Hussein Boon, BA Graphic Communication Design Colin Bailey, BA Architecture Julian Williams, BA Interior Architecture Ro Spankie, Master of Architecture (RIBA Part 2) Samir Pandya, BA Tourism and Events Management Helen Farrell, BA Real Estate Mike Pain, BSc Biochemistry Stuart Thompson, BSc Pharmacology & Physiology Christopher Biggs

The event closed with a presentation from Caroline Lloyd and David Burt who offered their perspectives from the Academic Registrar’s Department and Libraries and Curriculum Support and explained how Professional Services support the Student Experience.

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