Vice-Chancellor's Teaching Award
The Vice-Chancellor's Teaching Award celebrates inspirational teaching at Nottingham Trent University.
Thank you to all who participated in the Vice-Chancellor’s Teaching Award (VCTA) 2019/2020.
TILT is thrilled to announce twelve recipients of this year’s VCTA, which include two recipients of the Vice-Chancellor’s Outstanding Teaching Award: one for an Early Career Teacher, and one for an Established Teacher.
VCTA recognises and celebrates inspirational teaching at Nottingham Trent University (NTU), and the criteria against which an award is judged have emerged from consultation with the NTU community including students, staff and alumni. This means winning an award is a mark of recognition by the NTU community that awardees have demonstrated a level of distinction in learning and teaching.
We further wish to congratulate VCTA recipients Jennifer, David and Eleanor who have demonstrated innovative use of technology in their teaching sessions to promote active and collaborative learning, and we acknowledge the tremendous effort demonstrated by all NTU colleagues to deliver online learning during this difficult time.
We are pleased to announce that the next VCTA round will incorporate a new category specifically to recognise excellence in online learning. Watch this space for further information on next year’s VCTA.
Congratulations to you all!
Vice-Chancellor’s Outstanding Teacher Award for an Early Career Teacher 2020
Dr Mark Thomas
Lecturer/Senior Lecturer, Nottingham Law School
Mark was nominated for a VCTA by two colleagues who noted he deserved recognition for his ability to create memorable, personalised and impactful learning experiences. From his ‘Big Fat Trade Mark Quiz’ to his technology-based initiatives, Mark employs a diverse range of teaching tools to enable students of diverse learning needs and preferences to excel.
Vice-Chancellor’s Outstanding Teacher Award for an Established Teacher 2020
Lecturer/Senior Lecturer, School of Arts & Humanities
Lisa was nominated for a VCTA by two colleagues who noted that Lisa’s excellent rapport with her students coupled with extensive disciplinary and pedagogical knowledge has a transformative impact on students’ learning. Lisa draws on her extensive scholarship and practice-based expertise to engage, empower and stretch students so they achieve beyond their expectations.
Vice-Chancellor's Teaching Award 2020
Miss Jennifer Sanders
Lecturer/Senior Lecturer, School of Social Sciences
Jennifer’s colleagues nominated her for a VCTA as they wanted to highlight Jennifer’s contribution to enhancing the student experience, and the Success for All agenda. She is always keen to try new pedagogies, evidenced by her use of SCALE-UP, innovative use of technology in the classroom, and visits to external organisations to explore new approaches to learning and teaching.
Course Leader BA (Hons) Journalism, School of Arts & Humanities
Tracy brings her extensive experience as a professional journalist to bear on her approach to teaching the BA Journalism course. Tracy’s passion for her subject is infectious, and her commitment to inclusive classroom practices and the promotion and development of core professional skills is evident in her teaching.
Dr Mojtaba Poorrezaei
Principal Lecturer, Nottingham Business School
Mojtaba was nominated by two former students. In their own words, ‘his effort to make modules exciting and decrease the overwhelming pressure of numerous deadlines deserves all the recognition it can get’. The panel agreed, noting the observed session evidenced an inclusive and positive learning environment where students were engaged, challenged and supported.
Dr David Hindley
Principal Lecturer, School of Science & Technology
David was nominated by two colleagues who wrote of how David positively impacts on the well-being, progression and achievement of his students. They described him as ‘a model of a transformative teacher and an innovative pedagogue’. The panel noted that the session observed evidenced an inclusive, supportive and scholarly approach to learning and teaching.
Ms Eleanor Power
Lecturer/Senior Lecturer, School of Social Sciences
Eleanor was nominated by two colleagues who spoke of Eleanor’s use of innovative technologies to create an inclusive, positive and engaging classroom, and she certainly didn’t disappoint! Eleanor made a real impact on the panel by sending in her nomination supporting statement by video, and the panel noted an excellent active and collaborative teaching session.
Dr Ruth Boat
Lecturer/Senior Lecturer, School of Science & Technology
Ruth was nominated by two colleagues who noted Ruth deserves recognition for her commitment to personalised pastoral and academic support to students. During Ruth’s observed session the panel noted how Ruth engaged a large cohort of students, creating a positive, inclusive & stretching learning environment and was the model of personal and professional integrity.
Zena Jayne Rashid
Researcher Development Consultant, Organisational Development
Zena was nominated for a VCTA by two colleagues who felt Zena deserved recognition for her advocacy and expert use of active and collaborative approaches to learning and teaching, in particular SCALE-UP. The panel agreed, noting a highly engaging, inclusive and active and collaborative approach to delivering the observed teaching session.
Dr Neil Turnball
Principal Lecturer, School of Arts & Humanities
Neil was nominated by a colleague and a former student who spoke of an intellectually challenging and inclusive approach to learning and teaching. The panel agreed, noting that the session observed was engaging both in addressing a challenging topic, and the use of a variety of teaching methods and activities deployed to engage and stretch different groups of students.
Mrs Jenny Slack
Senior Lecturer, School of Animal Rural & Environmental Sciences
Jenny was nominated by two colleagues who wanted to highlight Jenny’s gift for making learning accessible, engaging and relevant by drawing on her professional experiences, and the positive impact this has on the apprenticeship programme. The panel agreed, commenting the lesson observed involved high levels of engagement, innovation and potential for transformative learning.
Dr Darren Rhodes
Senior Lecturer, School of Social Sciences
Darren was nominated by two colleagues who felt he deserved recognition for his inclusive approach to learning and teaching, and because his enthusiasm for engaging students in learning brings the best out in students. Darren regards his students as co-participants, and they never fail to find they are rewarded for their curiosity, engagement and intellectual risk-taking.