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VCTA Past Winners and Case Studies

Winning a Vice Chancellor's Teaching Award evidences an individual's commitment to improving learning and teaching across NTU. Here you will find a list of past winners and a selection of work that gained the winners this status.

Vice-Chancellor’s Outstanding Teacher Award for an Early Career Teacher 2020

Mark Thomas

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.

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Vice-Chancellor’s Outstanding Teacher Award for an Established Teacher 2020

Lisa Clughen

Lisa Clughen

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.

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Vice-Chancellor's Teaching Award 2020

Jennifer Sanders

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.

Tracy Powell

Tracy Powell
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.

Mojtaba Poorrezaei

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.

David Hindley

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.

Ruth Boat

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.

Neil Turnball

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.

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