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Exeter Teaching Awards Winners

Congratulations go to staff within the College of Humanities who have been awarded in the Exeter Teaching Awards 2011.

While Universities across the country are trying to prove the quality of their teaching, the excellence of the lecturers and support staff at Exeter was celebrated recently at the Student Guild’s annual teaching awards.

The winners were selected by students in a survey organised by the University of Exeter Students’ Guild. The awards ceremony formally recognises outstanding teaching and support at the University.

College of Humanities Winners

  • Jay Pengelly (History in Cornwall) - ‘Most Supportive Member of Staff’
  • Classics and Ancient History - ‘Subject with the Best Research Community’

On collectoing her award Jay Pengelly thanked the students for their nomination, adding how much she “looked forward to coming to work as my job is such fun” and “ to ‘Aim higher, be better' which is my aim.”

Runners up and nominated staff

Best Graduate Teaching Assistant:

  • Darren Foster: Modern Languages - Runner Up
  • Dave Morning: Film
  • Graham Curtis: English

Best Feedback Provider:

  • Matt Rendle: History - Runner Up
  • Helen Vassallo: Modern Languages
  • Tim Kendall: English

Most Supportive Member of Staff:

  • Isabel Moros: Modern Languages

Inspiring Use of Research in Teaching:

  • Phillip Zarrilli: Drama

Subject with the Best Research Community:

  • Film Studies

Best Subject:

  • English - Runner Up

Best Overall Lecturer:

  • James Lyons: Film
  • Karen Ni-Mheallaigh: Classics and Ancient History

Runner up Matt Rendle, from History said, 'I was surprised and honoured to be runner up for best feedback provider. I always find providing feedback one of the most difficult aspects of teaching with the need to balance an assessment of a student's achievements with constructive comments for future improvement. I do believe that it is important to offer a range of feedback from written comments and individual meetings about submitted work to discussions about plans for future work and how best to approach particular areas. Therefore, I am very pleased to see that this seems to be working!'

For the full list of awards read the University news story.

Date: 10 May 2011

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