Humanities outstanding staff awards

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The Outstanding Staff Awards for Teaching, Learning and Student Experience are run by the Faculty of Humanities with the aim of recognising excellence in teaching and student experience. Staff members could be nominated in 7 different categories, the details of which can be found below.  

The winners in each category can be found at the bottom of this page. Nominations for over 300 different members of staff and programmes were received this year, demonstrating the commitment of staff to providing an excellent student experience across the Faculty.

The nominations window for the 2021/22 year is expected to open in December 2021.

Please contact Amy Clarke at amy.clarke@manchester.ac.uk with any questions about the awards.

Award Criteria

Outstanding Teaching Award (includes Teaching Assistants)

Has your lecturer or teaching assistant inspired you to learn and do your best? We are looking to recognise and celebrate those teaching staff who consistently provide a well-organised course that is taught effectively and supported through high-quality assessment and feedback.  We want to know who engages and challenges you in a supportive manner and motivates you to learn.

Outstanding Academic Advisor Award*

Has your academic advisor provided an outstanding level of advice and guidance during your studies? We are looking to recognise and celebrate those academic advisors who have helped their students thrive by building strong relationships with their advisees and supporting, motivating and encouraging them. They may have helped you develop your academic skills, assisted with the transition from school to university or provided exceptional guidance on academic and practical matters related to your studies. We want to know about academic advisors who have gone the ‘extra mile’ to provide support and guidance and have had a positive impact on your development, especially during what has been an unprecedented and difficult time during the past 12 months.

*Programme Directors of PGT courses who act as Academic Advisors are also eligible for this award.

Outstanding UG Dissertation (or long essay or research project) Supervisor Award

Has your supervisor had a significant, positive impact on your experience of undertaking your dissertation (or long essay or research project) through their support, guidance and advice? We are looking to recognise and celebrate those supervisors who have been approachable and offered you exemplary advice and support to develop your skills as an independent researcher. Your supervisor will have challenged and inspired you in your independent thinking and learning, encouraging you to develop your own lines of enquiry and think critically about your work.

Outstanding PGT Dissertation Supervisor Award

Has your supervisor had a significant, positive impact on your experience of undertaking your dissertation through their support, guidance and advice? We are looking to recognise and celebrate those supervisors who have been approachable and offered you exemplary advice and support to develop your skills as an independent researcher. Your supervisor will have challenged and inspired you in your independent thinking and learning, encouraging you to develop your own lines of enquiry and think critically about your work.

Outstanding Professional Services (PS) Staff Award

Is there a member of staff who helps to run your programme or works in student support who has positively contributed to your experience as a student? We are looking to recognise and celebrate members of non-academic staff who are helpful and supportive with a positive attitude and who demonstrate exceptional care or assistance towards students, especially during what has been an unprecedented and difficult time during the past 12 months. They may have helped you or fellow students through a difficult academic or pastoral situation or they may have gone ‘the extra mile’ to ensure an issue with your course has been effectively resolved.

Outstanding Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) Award 

Online learning has been more important than ever during this academic year. Is there somebody who has particularly engaged you through an effective use of technology? Have you seen or experienced an innovative use of teaching techniques, assessment tasks or learning materials that has spurred your learning or your engagement with the subject matter or enhanced your digital skills?

Programme of the Year Award

Your programme (sometimes referred to as course) is the reason you came to the University of Manchester. Has yours lived up to your expectations so far or even exceeded them? Are the team that teach and organise your programme inspiring, motivating and/or innovative? Have they fostered your love for your subject? Have they encouraged you to aim high, to challenge and believe in yourself? Have you been well supported by those who look after your programme (academic, technical and professional services colleagues)? Have the team responded to your feedback and improved the programme? If you think that the people who contribute to making your programme make it one worth talking about, then nominate it as one of the Faculty’s programmes of the year.

2020/21 winners

Outstanding Teaching Award

AMBS:

  • Alison Ashton
  • Arif Khurshed
  • David Roberts
  • Julie Froud
  • Karl Taeuscher
  • Lawrence Benson
  • Patricia Perlman-Dee
  • Raymond Obayi
  • Reza Salehnejad

SALC:

  • Alexandre Burin
  • Andrew Smith
  • Anke Bernau
  • Antoine Burgard
  • David Butler
  • Dorit Fellner
  • Ed Pulford
  • Emma Martin
  • Holly Morse
  • Jose Peixoto Coelho de Souza
  • Joyce Tyldesley
  • Liam Harte
  • MaoHui Deng
  • Melanie Giles
  • Michael Sanders
  • Nicky Nielsen
  • Stefan Hanss
  • Vera Hohaus

SEED:

  • Caitlin Henry
  • Claire O'Neill
  • David Fielding

SoSS:

  • Angelia Wilson
  • Charlotte Branchu
  • Chika Wantanabe
  • Craig Webb
  • Cristina Masters
  • Daniel Silver
  • Fotis Vergis
  • Greig Charnock
  • Jasem Tarawneh
  • Javier Garcia Oliva
  • Jennifer Hobbs
  • John O’Neill
  • Katherine Smith               
  • Mario Pezzino
  • Mark Brown
  • Nadim Mirshak
  • Paul Tobin
  • Ralf Becker
  • Ruth Lamont
  • Timothy Oliver
  • Veronique Pin-Fat
  • Wai Lau

Outstanding Academic Advisor Award

SALC:

  • Alison Jeffers
  • Andrew Smith
  • Daniel Langton
  • Jenny Hughes
  • John McAuliffe
  • Kostas Arvanitis
  • Melanie Giles
  • Rebecca Herissone
  • Stephanie Sodero

SEED:

  • Claire O'Neill
  • Johan Oldekop
  • Susan Dawson

SoSS:

  • Chika Wantanabe
  • Elaine Dewhurst
  • Fae Garland
  • Fotis Vergis
  • Iain Scobbie
  • Jackie Carter
  • Wendy Bottero

Outstanding UG Dissertation Supervisor Award

SALC:

  • Hal Gladfelder
  • Matthew Jefferies
  • Miriam Firth
  • Vera Hohaus

SEED:

  • Claire O'Neill
  • Emma Shuttleworth

SoSS:

  • Chika Wantanabe
  • Claire McGourlay
  • Jasmin Ramovic
  • Robert Watt

Outstanding PGT Dissertation Supervisor Award

SALC:

  • Alexander Samely
  • Antoine Burgard
  • Camden Reeves
  • Jessica Hawkins

SEED:

  • Aparna Venkatesan

SoSS:

  • Abhishek Chakravarty
  • Clelia Cascella

Outstanding Professional Services Award

AMBS:

  • Michelle Morrison
  • Nathan Coates

SEED:

  • Peter Jacobs
  • Rachid M'rabty
  • Sean Boylan

SoSS:

  • Amanda Bridgeman
  • Joseph Barrett
  • Katie Smith
  • Luke Smith
  • Philippa Wilson
  • Shau Chan

Outstanding Technology Enhanced Learning Award

  • Alison Sharrock (SALC)
  • Antoine Burgard (SALC)
  • David Butler (SALC)
  • Joyce Tyldesley (SALC)
  • Kevin Ward (SEED)
  • Ross Jones (SEED)

Programme of the Year Award

  • Business Analytics: Operational Research and Risk Analysis (AMBS)
  • Information Technology Management for Business (AMBS)
  • LLB Law with Politics (SoSS)
  • MA Educational Leadership in Practice (SEED)
  • MA Religions and Theology (SALC)
  • Miscarriages of Justice (SoSS)