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UCLan staff rewarded for teaching excellence

11 December 2012

Lyndsey Boardman

Celebrations at second annual Vice-Chancellor’s awards

Staff at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) have been rewarded for their efforts to provide an outstanding experience for students.

In the second year of the Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, academic and support staff from across the University were recognised for going the extra mile to provide excellent, innovative and research informed teaching.

Each School identified their own School Excellence in Teaching and Learning Award winners. They then put forward 26 individual and four team nominations to the University panel for the Vice Chancellor’s Awards.

Dorota Marsh accepts her VC Award

Rod Train accepts his VC Award

“There are many great examples of staff working collaboratively to capture students' interest and engage with them in order to provide world-class learning experiences.”

This year the University handed out six individual and three group awards across five categories - 

- Excellence in teaching delivery and intellectual stimulation of students,
- Innovation in teaching and assessment,
- Best practice to improve student progression and performance,
- Excellence in research informed learning and teaching
- Creation of a superlative student experience overall (team award)

All winners were presented with certificates by Professor Rod Dubrow-Marshall, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Student Experience) and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Dr Graham Baldwin.

Debbie Williams collects her VC Award

Mark Gilbert collects his VC Award

Professor Dubrow-Marshall commented: “These awards celebrate a community of shared best teaching practices that have been established at School level and cascade throughout the University. 

“There are many great examples of staff working collaboratively to capture students' interest and engage with them in order to provide world-class learning experiences.”

Pauline Wood and Sarla Gandhi from the School of Health, and Mandy Dunbar from the School of Sports, Tourism and the Outdoors won the Best Practice Award to Improve Student Progression and Performance along with two Practice Education Facilitator colleagues, Yvonne Thomson and Glenys Harley, from local NHS Trusts.

Pauline said: “We have worked collaboratively to address a gap in support for health and social care students with disabilities that are taking part in practical placements.  By liaising with colleagues from a variety of disciplines, it has allowed us to develop a Best Practice Guide, a student self-assessment form and an Individualised Learning Plan that can also be adapted for students from any programme in the university undertaking work experience or practical placements.”

UCLan staff accept the Best practice to improve student progression and performance award

“I’m really pleased to be given this award and receive recognition for my work in this area. Encouraging students from the early stages of their academic career to engage in real world research is really important and opens up many opportunities.”

Senior Lecturer Dr Rob Smith from the School of Forensics and Investigative Sciences was awarded the prize for excellence in research and informed teaching and learning for his junior research programme that allows undergraduate students to take part in cutting edge research.

He said: “I’m really pleased to be given this award and receive recognition for my work in this area.  Encouraging students from the early stages of their academic career to engage in real world research is really important and opens up many opportunities.”

Rob Smith accepts his VC Award

The individual winners were awarded £1,500 and the winning teams given £250 per member to use for their development.
The winners were:

Excellence in teaching delivery and intellectual stimulation of students
Craig Atkinson, School of Art, Design and Performance
Dorota Marsh, Lancashire Business School

Innovation in teaching and assessment
Debbie Williams, School of Journalism and Digital Communication
Mark Gilbert, School of Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education

Best practice to improve student progression and performance
Rod Train, School of Sport, Tourism and The Outdoors
Collective Group Award - Pauline Wood, School of Health, Sarla Gandhi, School of Health, Mandy Dunbar, School of Sport, Tourism and The Outdoors, Yvonne Thompson, Bridgewater Community Health Care Trust, Glenys Harley, Northwest Ambulance Service

Excellence in research informed learning and teaching
Rob Smith, School of Forensics and Investigative Sciences

Creation of a superlative student experience overall (team award)
School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences Team - Nicky Danino, Lesley May, Nick Mitchell
Lancashire Business School Student Support and Achievement Team - Andrea Lee, Vicky Jackson, Lisa Winder, Dawn Parr, Lynne Gornall