Sunderland students honour their inspirational lecturers

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INSPIRATIONAL lecturers were honoured at an awards ceremony.

The Student Led Teaching Awards paid tribute to staff at the University of Sunderland, who had been “inspirational”, “engaging” and “constructive”.

Marie Nixon, Chief Executive of the SU, presents Colin Younger, FES, with the Best Personal Tutor award

Marie Nixon, Chief Executive of the SU, presents Colin Younger, FES, with the Best Personal Tutor award

Organised by the Students’ Union, the awards, now in their second year, celebrate key areas of achievement.

“The awards were a huge success from start to finish,” said Kim Morton, who helped organise the event.

“There are only a few occasions when the university comes together as one body and it is fantastic when this happens.

“This would not have been possible without all the support we have been given, as well as the guests who joined us on this momentous occasion. Also, a big congratulations goes to the award winners who were all well deserved.”

The organising committee, which included students from the university’s Events Management programme, spent weeks arranging the awards.

The ceremony at the Marriott Hotel, in Sunderland, saw awards given to overall winners as well as faculty members.

Ali Abdallah, Faculty of Business and Law, was handed the Most Engaging Lecturer award, while Manny Ling, Faculty of Arts, Design and Media, was named the Most Inspirational Lecturer.

Ali said: “It is great being recognised by your students especially for the Most Engaging Lecturer category as this means that students acknowledge and appreciate lecturer’s efforts and hard work.

“This inspires me further in putting even more effort and doing my utter best towards students in the future. I’d like to thank all the students who voted and realise the responsibility they have now set me.”

Manny said: “It was truly a real honour to have won the award for the most inspiring lecturer. It was certainly a nice surprise, but I am really humbled to know that the students have taken the time and effort to vote for me.

“Winning the award has meant a great deal to me – the affirmation that what we do as lecturers can inspire students to develop and challenge themselves to become better designers.”

Elsewhere, David Archer, of the Faculty of Applied Sciences, was crowned Most Constructive Lecturer in Feedback and Assessment, and Colin Younger, Faculty of Education and Society, Best Personal Tutor.

Events Management won the Best Programme for Student Learning title.

David said: “I was very surprised and felt very honoured to receive my award, there being so many talented teaching staff at the university.

“It gives great encouragement to us that students take the time to recognise the work that we put in to enhance their learning.

Colin added: “I’m extremely honoured and delighted to have received this award.”