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Academic Excellence and Impact: 2014 ETA’s Nominees

Published: 22 April 2014
ETA's 2014

The 2014 Excellence in Teaching Awards (ETA’s) nominees have been announced and we are very proud to say that again we have a high number of academics listed from Ocean and Earth Science.

The ETA's are an annual event hosted by the Students Union at University of Southampton. The ETA's give our student's the opportunity to recognise the support of the staff that teach them and show how that teaching has had a real impact on their academic experience.

The categories for the awards are:

  • Outstanding Lecturer
  • Teaching & Learning Lifetime Achievement
  • Innovative Teaching
  • Best Feedback Provision
  • Contribution to Academic Support

Here are the nominees for Ocean and Earth Science this year, with just a few of the comments from the students that nominated them.

Carl Amos | Teaching & Learning Lifetime Achievement

  • Prof Amos has been instrumental in teaching and training coastal engineering graduates across the world through his outstanding career, with a very innovative and hand-on approach, making him inspirational for many students throughout his 15 years teaching at the University.

Duncan Purdie | Contribution to Academic Support

  • He is my tutor and has always been willing to help and offer advice over the three years I have been here. Very good at finding time for his students and helping with any difficulties I come across.

Eleanor Frajka-Williams | Outstanding Lecturer, Best Feedback, Teaching & Learning Lifetime Achievement

  • Eleanor is the most supportive lecturer I have ever had the pleasure to come across, providing personal feedback and guidance throughout the entire module, which made my learning experience highly enjoyable as well as hugely beneficial. 

Gareth Dyke |Outstanding Lecturer

  • He demonstrates great passion for the material that he is lecturing, and is very open to suggestions.

Ian Harding | Outstanding Lecturer, Innovative Teaching

  • He's enthusiastic and is happy to take time out of his schedule to help and get us enthusiastic. He deserves to be recognised for his brilliant lectures.

John Shepherd |Outstanding Lecturer

  • John's teaching and guidance was exemplary and his expertise and knowledge invaluable, in particular, his assistance in preparing students for academic life after postgraduate studies was of the highest standards.

Justin Dix | Teaching & Learning Lifetime Achievement

  • Justin is enthusiastic, hardworking and friendly. He is committed to delivering skills that students will use in the workplace and will enhance their studies

Bob Marsh | Contribution to Academic Support

  • He is an inspiring lecturer, always considerate and helpful to all his students and a dedicated dissertation supervisor. Bob Marsh is an excellent lecturer who will always make time to help students.

Simon Boxall | Outstanding Lecturer

  • Dr Boxall is a very interesting person and a great teacher during his lectures and it's not just the subject that makes it interesting, it is him who contributes the most to the lecture and helps me understand concepts which I might not have been able to otherwise.

Katie Sullivan |Outstanding Lecturer

  • She is a brilliant lecturer, friendly, clear and informative teaching. 

Jessica Whiteside | Best Feedback, Contribution to Academic Support

  • Extremely detailed feedback on both exams and assessments providing helpful guidance on how to perform better. Has put a great deal of effort into coordinating the module and genuinely wants her students to succeed

Professor Rachel Mills commented ‘Our staff are really appreciated by our students. Well done to all our academic staff but in particular to those who were nominated!'

The Excellence in Teaching Awards allows students across the university to highlight, recognise, and celebrate their favourite lecturers. Last year, due to his commitment in delivering an engaging learning experience, Dr. Ian Harding, from Ocean and Earth Science, was 'Highly Commended' in the ‘Overall Outstanding Lecturer' category and came second overall. 

ETA Awards 2013
Dr Harding receiving his award

Ocean and Earth Science Southampton prides itself on the high quality academic experience it offers its students. This is demonstrated right across the department from our teaching to our research excellence. The last year has been particularly successful with students and staff being recognised for their achievements on an international level, top marks in the 2013 National Student Survey in all disciplines and being positioned 30 in the world for Marine and Earth Sciences in the QS World University Rankings by subject.

Professor Tim Minshull, Head of Ocean and Earth Science also commented, 'It's great to see teaching staff at all career stages and across all our degree programmes in the list of nominees. Well done to all'.

The ETAs 2014 will take place on Thursday 8 May 2014 in the Cube at Highfield Campus. To find out more details about the awards available please SUSU website. 



Undergraduate degree programmes



Marine Biology


Postgraduate degree programmes

MSc & MRes programmes

Prof Carl L Amos
Prof Carl L Amos
Prof Duncan Purdie
Prof Duncan Purdie
Dr Eleanor Frajka- Williams
Dr Eleanor Frajka- Williams
Dr Gareth Dyke
Dr Gareth Dyke
Prof John Shepherd
Prof John Shepherd
Dr Justin Dix
Dr Justin Dix
Prof Bob Marsh
Prof Bob Marsh
Dr Simon Boxall
Dr Simon Boxall
Katie Sullivan, Mayflower Scholar
Katie Sullivan, Mayflower Scholar
Dr Jessica H Whiteside
Dr Jessica H Whiteside
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