Faculty staff receive recognition for their contribution to students' experience.
15 Aug 2013
The outstanding commitment and support provided to students at the Faculty of Arts has been recognised at the annual University of Brighton Students’ Union Teaching and Learning Excellence Awards.
The Excellence Awards are organised by the Students’ Union in association with the Guardian newspaper to celebrate university life by recognising teaching excellence, course representatives, outstanding student support and student-focussed excellence as well as outstanding contributions to student experience, academic experience and student life.
Lecturer Richard Jacobs, who teaches across the English Literature programme at Brighton, was presented with the Inspirational Teaching Award for “The tutor who has inspired me and set my interest on fire.” Richard said: “I was most honoured to receive this award and I feel most indebted to the literature students and to my colleagues in the literature team.
“Successful teaching is only possible with committed, talented and enthusiastic students, and also with supportive colleagues, and I feel very privileged to have been able to work in an environment which puts emphasis above all on the quality of the students' experience.”
Richard Jacobs with students.
BA(Hons) Performing and Visual Arts lecturer, Suzanne Hutchinson, won in the Achievement Award category as “the tutor who has helped me to achieve more than I ever thought possible”. Her students commented that she was able to strike the right balance between being a lecturer and a friend.
Suzanne Hutchinson (second right) with students, including Rosie Powell (far right.)
Technical demonstrator, Matt Page who provides support for students’ on the Moving Image BA(Hons) course won the Individual Support Staff Award as “the member of support staff who has really helped my learning.”
Also recognised for their contributions were faculty student course representatives Rosie Powell and Joseph Henry. Joseph also received the Outstanding Contribution to the Academic Experience Award.
The awards, which are now in their second year, drew more than 1,100 student nominations for 166 course reps and 500 members of academic and support staff.
The award ceremony was attended by staff and students from across the university, and took place in the Huxley Theatre at Moulsecoomb campus. It was attended by Pro-Vice Chancellor Julian Crampton who awarded the prizes.