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Education Awards 2018

The annual Education Awards celebrate the outstanding contributions of staff and students to improving the Queen Mary learning experience.  

17 April 2018

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Professor Rebecca Lingwood, Vice-Principal (Student Experience, Teaching and Learning), said: “The annual QMSU Education Awards is always an enjoyable event. It provides an opportunity to celebrate the fantastic work being undertaken by our teaching staff and student course representatives, work that typifies the commitment, innovation and excellence in evidence across the institution. Congratulations to the nominees and winners our students have chosen this year.”

Professor Peter McOwan, Vice-Principal (Public Engagement and Student Enterprise), who attended the event alongside Professor Lingwood, added:"It’s always  a pleasure and a privilege for me to play my part in the Education Awards. The chance to recognise the hard work and dedication of both class reps, and outstanding academics and professional services members of staff, in the grandeur of the Drapers' Hall is a highlight of the year. Thanks to the Students' Union for making the magic happen, and congratulations to all those nominated and of course the winners."  

The Education Awards include the Course Rep Awards in six categories, awarded to Course Reps who have made a huge difference to students and their courses, and the Teaching Awards in 12 categories, awarded to teaching and support staff that have made an outstanding contribution to the student experience.

The competition was especially strong this year, with the highest number of nominations ever, making the selection extremely difficult and the awards even more prestigious. The Education Awards Ceremony was held on Monday 26 March in Drapers’ Hall, with the record high attendance of 150 people who thoroughly enjoyed their special evening.

My students' interest and dedication renews my enthusiasm; my challenge is to explore engaging ways to communicate. I really value that they appreciate this - and that they know what authoritah means!" Rupert Seal, Senior Lecturer in Property Law, School of Law

Teaching Awards 2017-18: Nominations and winners

Academic Support Award

Winner: Davor Jancic (Law)

Nominees: Simon Rawlinson (Dentistry) and Laetitia Calabrese (Languages, Linguistics and Film)

“I was extremely surprised and pleased to win this award. It would not have been possible without the many fascinating discussions I have had with the highly enthusiastic and diverse students that we have at QMUL, who are constantly teaching me new ways of thinking about things!” Chris White, Reader in Theoretical Physics in the School of Physics and Astronomy

Assessment and Feedback Champion

Winner: Coppe van Urk (Languages, Linguistics and Film)

Nominees: Davor Jancic (Law) and Lee Jones (Politics and International Relations)

“I would like to thank my wonderful students for this award. Your enthusiasm and engagement has made my first year at QMUL a really enjoyable one.” William Monteith, Lecturer in Human Geography in the School of Geography

Course Rep Champion

Winner: Jaclyn Rajsic (English and Drama)

Nominees: Bronwyn Murphy (Politics and International Relations) and Elsa Petit (Languages, Linguistics and Film)

Employability Enhancement Award

Winner: Karen Watton (Careers Centre)

Nominees: Christina Perry (Law) and Joy Svasti Salee (Law)

“I was surprised and delighted to receive this award, and I'd like to thank all the wonderful students who have nominated me! This means a lot to me as it gives me immense motivation to continue improving and helping my students achieve their goals.” – Davor Jancic, Lecturer in Law in the School of Law

Innovative Teaching Award

Winner: Rupert Seal (Law)

Nominees: William Monteith (Geography) and Coppe van Urk (Languages, Linguistics and Film)

Learning Resources Champion

Winner: Christopher White (Physics and Astronomy)

Nominees: Simon Rawlinson (Dentistry) and Rupert Seal (Law)

Winner: Haroon Mumtaz (Economics and Finance)

Nominees: Owolabi Bakre (Business and Management) and Lutao Ning (Business and Management)

Postgraduate Teaching Champion

Winner: William Raynaud (Mathematical Sciences)

Nominees: Claudio Vallar (Economics and Finance) and Yavuz Selim Sonmez (Law)

Support Staff Member of the Year

Winner: Jason Salucideen (Politics and International Relations)

Nominees: Sheila Shirley (Law) and Jacqueline Trappit (Dentistry)

Technology Enhanced Learning Award

Winner: William Monteith (Geography)

Nominees: Matt Jacobsen (History) and James Ellison (History)

Winner: Ella Sharples (St Benet's Chaplaincy)

Nominees: Ashleigh Brownsmith (Disability and Dyslexia) and Jillian Belnikoff (Advice and Counselling)

Teacher of the Year

Winner: Davor Jancic (Law)

Nominees: Laetitia Calabrese (Languages, Linguistics and Film) and Joanna Cohen (History)

Campaign Award

Winner: "Get the Date Rite Team": Camilla (Milly) Ramus, Christopher Smith, Fahimul Amin, William Atkins, William JB Atkins (Medicine, Year 5)

Nominees: Anjali Bhatt (MSc Aerospace Engineering) and Trisha Mason (French with Business Management, Year 3)

Collaboration Award

Winner: Debra Chow (Dentistry, Year 3)

Nominees: Alexandra Larsen Almhjell (Main LLM PGT Rep and LLM Tax Law) and Chandan Varsani and Vishal Barot (Dentistry Year 5)

Engagement Award

Winner: Alexandra Larsen Almhjell (Main LLM PGT Rep and LLM Tax Law)

Nominees: Katherine Ross Tinoco Reyes (MSc International HR Management) and Mehdi Dahmani (Computer Science, Year 2)

Course Rep of the Year

Winner: Katherine Ross Tinoco Reyes (MSc International HR Management)

Nominees: Debra Chow (Dentistry, Year 3) and Arefeh Ahmadifard (Dentistry, Year 2)

The Education Awards are hosted by the Students’ Union, for more information visit: More photos from the even can be found on the QMSU Facebook page.



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