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Teaching excellence celebrated in students’ awards

Strathclyde students have recognised the quality of the teaching they receive by making awards to academics.

The annual Teaching Excellence Awards, made by the University of Strathclyde Students Association (USSA), offer students an opportunity to show appreciation for their teachers, and for ways in which they have gone above and beyond expectations in delivering learning and teaching across the University.

More than 130 academic staff nominees were joined by Strathclyde senior officers and the USSA Executive at the awards ceremony, hosted by USSA Vice President Diversity Simran Kaur.

Dr Penny Haddrill, Best Overall Teacher in the Teaching Excellence Awards

The winner of the Best Overall Teacher was Dr Penelope Haddrill, a Teaching Associate at the Centre for Forensic Science in Strathclyde’s Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry.

Liam McCabe, Vice President Volunteering And Development for USSA, said: “The Teaching Excellence Awards are always a highlight in USSA’s calendar, as it allows us as students and The Union to recognise the best of the University’s hard-working and dedicated teachers, and show our appreciation for their efforts in providing an excellent, engaging and enjoyable learning experience.

“These awards recognise the diverse range of skills displayed and activities undertaken by teachers that provide students with an incredible experience. This year, 198 academics were nominated by over 500 students. The shortlist really does reflect the efforts, passion and innovation of lecturers and tutors across all faculties and awards; bringing subjects to life and engaging with students to give them an absolutely world class experience that Strathclyde can be proud of.

We extend particular congratulations to Dr Penny Haddrill, as this year's recipient of the Overall Best Teacher Award. Her exceptional work has been recognised by her students, their nominations reflect positively on her efforts and have certainly set a high bar for next year’s awards.“

Brian Green, Deputy Associate Principal Learning & Teaching at Strathclyde, said: The Strathclyde Teaching Excellence Awards highlight and reinforce the continuing partnership of the Students Association and the University working together with the overarching aim of ensuring an Outstanding Student Experience for Strathclyde students. The awards evening was, once again, an uplifting event which correctly recognises the key role of teaching in Strathclyde’s success.

“The quality and numbers of nominations presented the USSA Executive, Faculty and Class representatives with wonderful examples of teaching excellence. Those shortlisted deserve particular mention alongside the outstanding winners - well done to all involved.”

Other academics shortlisted for Best Overall Teacher were: Francesca Perazio (Language Teaching Assistant, Italian, Humanities); Hugh Gallagher (Lecturer, Education); Dr John Levine (Senior Lecturer, Computer and Information Sciences); Dr Ben Pickard (Senior Lecturer, Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences).

Winners in other categories were:

•             Most Enthusiastic – Francesca Perazio

•             Most Supportive Lecturer – Dr Ben Pickard

•             Most Innovative Teacher – Dr Conor McBride (Reader, Computer and Information Sciences)

•             Best in Faculty (Business) – Dr Juliette Wilson (Lecturer, Marketing)

•             Best in Faculty (Engineering) – Dr Christine Switzer (Lecturer, Civil and Environmental Engineering)

•             Best in Faculty (Humanities & Social Sciences) – Hugh Gallagher

•             Best in Faculty (Science) – Dr Katharine Carter (Senior Lecturer, Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences).


See a full list of winners and nominations.


22 May 2017