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English Successes in Excellence in Teaching Awards

Published: 8 May 2013

Academics in English have taken two university-wide prizes at the first Southampton University Students’ Union Excellence in Teaching Awards. Established this year, the ETAs aim to recognise and reward excellence amongst lecturers and teaching staff, and are expected to become an annual fixture.

English is pleased and proud to be the only department to receive a university-wide award in more than one category at the ETAs 2013. Bella Millett received the award for best feedback university-wide, for an approach to feedback recognised as ‘prompt, regular, and, above all, personal’. John McGavin who joined the university in 1975, received a special lifetime achievement award in, recognition of nearly forty years of inspiring generations of students. As John points out, ‘the nominations for these awards are made solely by the students, and so, to put it mildly, they have a very special value’.

English staff were exceptionally well-represented among this year’s nominations, with nominees in every category including eight in that of Outstanding Lecturer alone.

Head of Department, Ros King, said ‘the award ceremony was a genuinely moving event and reminded me why we do what we do. What impressed me most was the citations from the students. Time and again throughout the evening it was remarked how all the winners at every level and from every faculty had stretched, challenged, and inspired their students. We are very proud of the awards in English'.

For a full list of nominees and details of the winners, visit the SUSU Excellence in Teaching Awards pages.

Excellence in Teaching Awards 2013

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