Awards season will soon be upon us in SUSU, and one of these exciting events is the ETAs, or Excellence in Teach Awards. These awards, set up in 2013, aim to recognise the excellent and innovative teaching done by lecturers across the university

We spoke to last years winner for ‘Best Innovative Teaching’, Mark Telford from the Faculty of Business and Law, about the awards. When asked what he thought of the awards he said: “I was really pleased when I heard that SUSU had set up the Excellence in Teaching Awards, as I think the University really needed it. A positive and collaborative relationship between staff and students in the University community is crucial, and the ETAs are important in both reflecting and contributing to that. There is a great deal of excellent teaching that goes on in our Law School and across this University more generally, and one of the best aspects of the awards ceremony was the opportunity it gave to hear about the excellent work that different people are doing. I hope that the ETAs become an integral part of the University calendar for years to come.”

Mark not only won an award last year, but was a faculty winner in 2013. Speaking about his awards he said: “I teach Criminal Law and Youth Justice in University of Southampton Law School. In 2013,  in the inaugural SUSU Excellence and Teaching Awards, I was a Faculty Winner (for Business and Law) in the Best Feedback Category. In 2014 I was the overall University winner for ‘Best Innovative Teaching’ and as a consequence am now, proudly, a lifetime associate member of SUSU!”

VP Education Sophia D’angelico explained how important the awards are saying: “The Excellence in Teaching Awards are a great way of recognising those lecturers who really go above and beyond to deliver engaging and fascinating lectures. I particularly like the Teaching Awards as a way of showcasing good practice, so other lecturers can see some popular and innovative teaching techniques and think about giving them ago.”

Nominations for the ETAs are now open across six categories. To nominate a member of staff for their amazing work, click here. The ETAs 2015 will take place on Thursday 7 May 2015 in the Cube.

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