LECTURERS at the city’s university were put in the spotlight by their students.
The annual Student Led Teaching Awards, organised by the University of Sunderland Students’ Union, offer an opportunity for students to say thank you by voting for their favourite lecturers and support staff.
A record number of nominations were received for the awards, which were held at the Stadium of Light.
The winners were: Most Engaging Lecturer – Mark Winter from the Faculty of Business and Law; Most Inspirational Lecturer – Alison Younger from the Faculty of Education and Society; Most Effective Feedback – David Fallon from the Faculty of Education and Society and Best Use Of Technology – Rob Jewitt from the Faculty of Arts, Design and Media.
The Gold Award was presented to Matt Watson from the Faculty of Applied Sciences, the award for Support Services went to the Careers And Employability Service, and the Specialist Support award was won by the Financial Services department.
Professor Peter Fidler, vice chancellor of the university, said: “The awards support our learning and teaching plan and are an opportunity to recognise teaching excellence.
“They encourage learning partnerships where teaching approaches promote learning in supportive, innovative and inspiring ways and support innovation in learning and teaching.”
Chloe Jackson, education and welfare officer at the Students’ Union, said: “Students at Sunderland university are here because they want a high quality education and the teaching staff here really deliver that. I’m extremely proud that the Union is able to represent the voice of the students in recognising the excellence of the staff.”