Teaching Awards

Every year the Education Awards celebrate the contributions of staff and students to improving the Queen Mary learning experience. The Education Awards include the Course Rep Awards, awarded to Course Reps who have made a huge difference to students and their courses, and the Teaching Awards, awarded to teaching and support staff that have made an outstanding contribution to the student experience.

For the Teaching Awards, we had over 250 individual nominations submitted within the 12 categories, with just over 140 members of Queen Mary staff nominated across all of the faculties and services. This is an incredible example of the outstanding teaching and support students receive at our university and it is great to be able to celebrate that with Queen Mary students and staff. 


☆ Academic Support Award

This award is for a lecturer, supervisor, tutor or teaching assistant who has provided you with excellent academic support. Staff from other eligible departments also include, but are not limited to: CAPD, Careers and Thinking Writing.

Shortlist
Anna Pachol - School of Biological and Chemical Sciences 
David Kramer - Institute of Dentistry
Luigi Ventimiglia - School of Economics and Finance
Patrick McGhee - School of History
Vincenzo Torromacco - School of English and Drama 
Gemma Pugh - William Harvey Research Institute

And the winner is:

Gemma Pugh, William Harvey Research Institute

Gemma Pugh is a lecturer in Sports and Exercise Medicine with a primary focus on physical activity promotion and behaviour change. She is described as an exceptionally supportive and encouraging member of staff, particularly as the lead of the Exercise as a Health Tool module. She has had a huge impact on both students' academic performance and their confidence. The support that Gemma has provided has helped students successfully obtain scholarships and write academic papers to be published, which as a result will transform students’ futures. Congratulations to Gemma Pugh, this year’s winner of the Academic Support Award.  


☆ Assessment and Feedback Champion

This award is for a member of academic staff who sets the benchmark in assessment and feedback. They provide detailed and helpful feedback in a timely manner.

Shortlist
Chandres Tejura - School of Business and Management
Coppe van Urk - School of Languages, Linguistics and Film
Tassos Tombros - School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science

And the winner is:

Coppe van Urk, School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

Coppe van Urk is a Senior Lecturer in Linguistics, teaching on modules such as Linguistics Typology. His students describe him as a joy to learn from, kind and extremely generous with his time. His timeliness and prompt responses to student queries, particularly those who may be struggling to understand a concept, sets him apart from others. Coppe’s feedback always consists of practical advice on how to understand difficult concepts, breaking them down for an easier understanding. He asks engaging questions which helps shape the minds of future lingusits and changes the way they think about the world. Coppe van Urk is an extremely deserving winner of the Course Rep Champion Award. 


☆ Course Rep Champion

This award is for a member of academic or support staff who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to student representation. Nominations for this award may only be made by Course Reps.

Shortlist
Jason Berry - Institute of Dentistry
Shabnam Beheshti - School of Mathematical Sciences
Folashade Akinmolayan - School of Engineering and Materials Science

And the winner is:

Jason Berry, Institute of Dentistry

Jason Berry is the Clinical Senior Lecturer in the Dental School, as well as the Senior Admissions Tutor and Director of Undergraduate Dental Education. Course Reps in the Dental School have recognised Jason as someone who ensures the student experience is the best it can be. He is the chair of the Student-Staff Liaison Committee meetings, where he ensures that action points are being implemented and followed up to enhance students’ lives. He has been described as ‘a pleasure to work alongside’ and his encouragement is a testament to the success and ability for course reps to excel in their roles. Congratulations to Jason Berry for winning this year’s Course Rep Champion Award.  


☆ Employability Enhancement Award

This award is for a lecturer, supervisor, tutor or teaching assistant who has actively sought to enhance your skills and employability.

Shortlist
Clemence Tanzi - School of Law
Gemma Pugh - William Harvey Research Institute
James Busfield - School of Engineering and Materials Science

And the winner is:

James Busfield, School of Engineering and Materials Science 

James Busfield is a Professor of Materials and Director of Industrial Engagement. He teaches on the Materials Selection in Design module, taken by 250 students in the School of Engineering and Materials Science. His teaching on this module has made an impression on students as it includes problem-based group project work, featuring case studies from external companies who deliver talks, assign tasks and offer feedback. This experience has been an excellent simulation for real life working conditions, where students manage their own projects, conduct individual research, formulate own solutions, write reports and deliver presentations to audiences. It has grown student skills, confidence and ability to reflect upon it in future employment opportunities. James Busfield clearly values the importance of employability skills, which is why he is the deserving winner of the Employability Enhancement Award.  


☆ Innovative Teaching Award

This award is for a lecturer, supervisor, tutor or teaching assistant who has explored new models of delivering teaching and has used new techniques to engage you in your learning.

Shortlist
Christopher Tyson - School of Economics and Finance
Coppe van Urk - School of Languages, Linguistics and Film
Jennifer Randall - Blizard Institute
Folashade Akinmolayan - School of Engineering and Materials Science

And the winner is:

Folashade Akinmolayan,School of Engineering and Materials Science

Folashade is a lecturer in Engineering Science and Education and the Director of Student Support in the School of Engineering and Materials Science. She is described as vibrant and engaging within every lesson. Her innovative teaching includes incorporating different teaching styles, inviting guest speakers who are experts in the field and facilitating dynamic team sessions. She ensures all students are comfortable with the workload and therefore thrive in the classroom. Congratulations to Folashade Akinmolayan for winning this year’s Innovative Teaching Award.  


☆ Learning Resources Champion

This award is for a lecturer, supervisor, tutor or teaching assistant who has provided you with the excellent learning resources you need to facilitate your learning. Staff from other eligible departments include, but are not limited to: Archives, e-Learning, Language Centre, Learning Development and Thinking Writing.

Shortlist
Anna Pachol - School of Biological and Chemical Sciences
Devyani Sharma and Diana Ben Aaron - School of Languages, Linguistics and Film
Kirsteen Anderson - School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

And the winner is:

Anna Pachol, School of Biological and Chemical Sciences

Anna Pachol is a Lecturer in Maths in the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences. Students have attested to Anna’s teaching as the highest standard they have ever experienced. Due to her patient and very approachable nature, students are confident that she cares about their achievements. The information and resources that she provides on QMplus is thorough, clear, well laid out and goes beyond simply mathematics, but also how to get a deeper understanding, learn and perform well in exams. Anna Pachol is the deserving Learning Resources Champion.  


☆ Postgraduate Research Supervisor of the Year

This award is for a supervisor who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to offer outstanding support to one or more postgraduate research.

Shortlist
Patrick Flanery - School of English and Drama 
Sergey Karabasov - School of Engineering and Materials Science
Sharanbir Sidhu - Institute of Dentistry
Katie Fleming - School of English and Drama 

And the winner is:

Katie Fleming, School of English and Drama

Katie Fleming is a Lecturer in Twentieth Century and Contemporary Literature and supervises PhD students in the School of English and Drama. She is described as someone who has always been an unfailing source of support and never hesitates to step in last minute to help students with their research needs. Not only does she provide academic/research support, when students face familial or pastoral problems Katie always makes herself available. Students have said that without her support and supervisory, they wouldn’t have had the positive PhD experience they did. Congratulations to Katie Fleming for winning the Postgraduate Research Supervisor of the Year Award.  


☆ Postgraduate Teaching Champion

This award is for outstanding teaching or support from a postgraduate teaching assistant, demonstrator or advisor. This is not an award for those who teach postgraduates, but for those postgraduates who teach.

Shortlist
Fadime Sahin - School of Economics and Finance
Nejc Ceplak - School of Physics and Astronomy
Dimitris Kanakis - School of Economics and Finance

And the winner is:

Nejc Ceplak, School of Physics and Astronomy

Nejc Ceplak is a Researcher in the School of Physics and Astronomy and is a postgraduate demonstrator on multiple modules. The students he teaches applaud his ability to consistently deliver well planned tutorials. Some have said that the reason they have done well at university is due to his generosity with the time and effort he dedicates to students, as well as the high quality of feedback. Nejc incredibly knowledgeable in all areas he tutors which is why he is this year’s Postgraduate Teaching Champion.  


☆ Support Staff Member of the Year

This award is for a member of non-academic staff who has provided an exceptional service for students. Staff from eligible departments include, but are not limited to: Advice and Counselling Service, Chaplaincy Service, Disability and Dyslexia Service and Student Health Service.

Shortlist
William Ng - School of Mathematical Sciences
Catherine Mills - School of Geography
Nial Morissey - Student Services (Mental Health Coordinator)
Katie McFarlane - Institute of Health Sciences Education

And the winner is:

Catherine Mills, School of Geography 

Catherine Mills is the Student Experience and Admissions Administrator in the School of Geography. As the first point of contact for student support queries, she is always ready with helpful advice and never makes students’ queries feel too small.  Even when students approach Catherine with issues that are outside of her immediate remit, she will always give the time and support necessary. She has been a star when supporting a student through a particularly difficult time due to mental health challenges, for this the student has referred to Catherine as a ‘god send’. Congratulations to Catherine Mills as the winner of the Support Staff Member of the Year.  


☆ Technology Enhanced Learning Award

This award is for a lecturer, supervisor, tutor or teaching assistant who has used e-learning technology to really enhance their delivery of learning and teaching.

Shortlist
Qian Luo - School of Languages, Linguistics and Film
William Flynn, Naveen Kumar and Russell Donovan  - Institute of Health Sciences Education

And the winner is:

William Flynn, Naveen Kumar and Russell Donovan, Institute of Health Sciences Education

William Flynn, Naveen Kumar and Russell Donovan are a teaching team within the Institute of Health Sciences Education. Individually, they are all Clinical Teaching Fellows in Anatomy. Collectively, they teach on Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) surgery and anatomy. They make great use of multiple medium to make learning accessible for all students, as well as exciting. Congratulations to William Flynn, Naveen Kumar and Russell Donovan for receiving the Technology Enhanced Learning Award.  


☆ Unsung Hero

This award is for that really hard working member of staff tucked away behind the scenes, almost unnoticed, but whose work has a real impact on the quality of your life at QMUL.

Shortlist
Shahzad Noorsharg - Estates and Facilities (Security Officer)
Kate McFarlane - Institute of Health Sciences Education
Crawford Blagden - School of Engineering and Materials Science

And the winner is:

Shahzad Noorsharg, Estates and Facilities (Security Officer)

Shahzad Noorsharg is a Security Officer within the Estates and Facilities team, predominantly working on the Mile End campus. For new students who arrive on campus, Shahzad has been described as ‘an absolute pleasure’ to be greeted by. He goes above and beyond to show new students around campus and assists with physical elements such as carrying luggage. For students living in halls, he demonstrates respectful behaviour, whilst showing passion and warmth towards his work. When he is called out late to assist with issues within halls, he always arrives with a smile and willingness to help to the best of his ability. He interacts with undergraduate, postgraduate taught and PhD students and shows the same level of care for student comfort and safety across the board. Some say it is even an “honor to be chucked out of People’s Palace by him at closing time”. Congratulations to Shahzad Noorsharg, the deserving winner of this year’s Unsung Hero Award. 


☆ Teacher of the Year

This award is for an outstanding all-round teacher who is enthusiastic about their subject, shows commitment to getting the best out of their students and whose teaching always leaves them wanting more.

Shortlist
Timothy Edkins - School of Business and Management 
Rodrigo Olivares-Caminal - Centre for Commercial Law Studies
Qian Luo - School of Languages, Linguistics and Film
Nisha Ramayya - School of English and Drama 
Brendan Curran - School of Biological and Chemical Sciences
Luigi Ventimiglia - School of Economics and Finance
Gemma Pugh - William Harvey Research Institute
Matt Fayers - School of Mathematical Sciences

And the winner is:

Brendan Curran, School of Biological and Chemical Sciences 

Brendan Curran is a Senior Lecturer within the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences. He teaches on many modules including Molecular Genetics and Practical Biology. His students have praised him as being the most incredible, kind and understanding teacher. He shows that he cares about students’ wellbeing just as much as their learning. For example, he allows a few minutes at the start of each lecture for students to control their breathing and get into a relaxed state, which helps students engage and maintain engagement throughout the lesson. Brendan’s enthusiasm, knowledge and passion for his subjects are infectious, and for that many students are privileged to be taught by him. His teaching and support do not stop in the classroom though. No matter how small a question he will always take the time to explain in more depth, to ensure all students have a sound understanding in order to succeed in the subject. Congratulations to the Teacher of the Year, Brendan Curran.