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Staff at the University of Cumbria have been praised and rewarded for their excellence in teaching and learning at an annual awards ceremony.
The Vice Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence were made at the annual teaching and learning conference held on Tuesday 10 January at the Fusehill Street campus by the Vice Chancellor, Professor Peter Strike.
The awards celebrate the achievements of staff across the universities various campuses, and this year focussed on employability and sustainable educational activities.
A total of ten applications were made and the five individual entries and five team entries highlighted the successful endeavours of staff throughout the year, as well as the collaborative enterprise in mixed-disciplinary teams across the university.
The panel of judges, which included representation from the Students’ Union, was impressed with the overall enthusiasm and dedication demonstrated by all the applications, and in every case commended the applicants on their work.
Three individuals were rewarded with £1000 each and two teams were presented with £2500 per team by Professor Peter Strike. The winners were:
MARK CHRISTIE (Faculty of Health and Wellbeing)
For his work in enabling students to enhance their employability profiles in addition to inspiring academic achievement. Mark identifies a passion stemming from a personal career background as an industry sports facility manager and sport development officer within both the public and private sectors prior to becoming a lecturer in 1998.
ADRIAN COPPING (Faculty of Education)
For his work in particular within the PGCE Primary programme. Adrian seeks, through the use of innovative approaches, to bring together and develop cohesive ties between campus and school-based learning. His teaching is designed to foster creative thinking and problem-solving in preparation for managing uncertain and complex issues in a highly strained political education climate, and effectively developing transferable skills to increase student understanding and employability.
KAREN LOCKNEY (Faculty of Education)
For her work within the secondary English PGCE programme, developing action research projects in a partnership school which encourages students to develop their identities as research practitioners, part of a community of practice which includes both university and school staff. The work raises the profile of future employability for the students as it strengthens their identity as outstanding teachers contributing to curriculum development from the outset.
UNITE WITH BUSINESS TEAM:
EWAN PULLEN, PIPPA GREENWOOD; HEIDI HODKINSON; RUTH LENNON; STEVE MINTO (Faculty of Arts, Business and Science)For their work in offering small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) a free support programme to increase business innovation, performance and productivity. This business support is provided by university graduates and final year undergraduate students through placements or internships. As such, this provides opportunities for students or graduates to develop their careers and utilise their skills and abilities as well as forging strong partnerships with our regional businesses.
GET AHEAD TEAM:
KAREN SHAW (LISS); SIMON ALLAN (CDEPP); SEBASTIAN MEER (LISS); SHENAZ PATEL (Faculty of Arts, Business and Science); SARAH RUSTON (CDEPP)
For their work as a collaborative team in the creation of learning resources for prospective university students via our VLE Blackboard site prior to registration. The aim is to support aspiring HE students’ academic integration into HE level study with the University of Cumbria through use of sustainable educational activities and reusable learning materials. This supports their transition by managing their expectations, and has a positive impact on retention and personal success.