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Gemma Edwards wins Teaching Excellence Award

(14 June 2015)

Launched in 2005-06, the Teaching Excellence Awards are University awards which recognise individuals’ achievement in relation to teaching, learning and the student experience over recent years. The award criteria are based on those used by the Higher Education Academy for the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme, and include promoting and enhancing the student experience, raising the profile of teaching excellence, and showing a commitment to ongoing professional development. Both academic and related colleagues teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels are eligible for these awards. The Award consists of a £5000 grant to be used by recipients over a period of up to three years to develop their teaching or career.

Gemma Edwards from Sociology (School of Social Sciences) is one of six winners in 2014-15.

Gemma is recognised for making an exceptional contribution through a series of undergraduate curriculum design and ‘best practice’ initiatives linked to improved and sustained NSS scores and qualitative feedback commending Gemma on ‘delivering an outstanding student experience’. Her contribution to programme design and development has been sustained over a number of years including re-design of the Sociology Dissertation module, adding an interactive session on presentation skills (led by the Learning Commons), a workshop-based session on data analysis, and a panel session on careers. Her biggest achievement in curriculum innovation is considered by some to be designing, co-ordinating and implementing a new ‘Professional Development’ course for sociology students, bringing together employability, study skills, and student community-building/engagement into one credit-free course, delivering developments in study skills provision offered by the Alan Gilbert Learning Commons, and the employability support of the Careers Service.

Gemma explains more about her work on the Teaching Ideas page.


Gemma Edwards receives her award

Gemma Edwards receives her award from the Vice-President for Teaching, Learning and Students, Prof. Clive Agnew