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Results from the 2022 Teaching Excellence Awards

Read all about the big night!


The TEAs are the annual student-led teaching awards that are hosted by the Vice President Education, to recognise the best of Strathclyde's teaching staff. Being student-led means it is solely students who nominate, shortlist, and pick the winners.

This year’s event was extra special, as we welcomed the shortlisted staff and guests to 51 Richmond Street. This is the 1st TEAs in the new Union building as well as the Union’s 1st on campus awards ceremony after 2 years of holding these types of events online!

Savvina, VP Education had this to say about the ceremony:

I’m delighted to welcome [everyone] to celebrate the contributions and excellence of staff across Strathclyde, in person after 2 years. The support, enthusiasm, and engagement of staff with students has helped overcome the challenges of this year, improved students’ learning experience and created an environment where students can thrive. Students have nominated over 500 academic and non-academic staff, with nominations from all our faculties. I am very excited to dedicate this evening in recognising excellence in Strathclyde and I hope that you enjoy this celebration in our new building! I would like to thank you for your invaluable support and care for students this year!

The programme of events was headed up by the drinks reception on Level 1 of the Union where attendees could mingle and enjoy a glass of prosecco on arrival. Then after food on The Terrace the ceremony and presentation of awards was underway in the Venue.

Congratulations to everyone who was shortlisted and to those who won on the night you can find all the results below:

Best Overall: Allan Blake (Education)

  • Students who put nominations in for this category said Allan was helpful, encouraging, and inspiring.


Teaching Assistant/Tutor: Meryem Horasan (Law)

  • Students who put nominations in for this category said Meryem was encouraging, inspiring, engaging, supportive, going above and beyond.

Going The Extra Mile: Annette Sorensen (Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences)

  • Students who put nominations in for this category said Annette was helpful, students were clearly impacted by her, going above and beyond, gave fantastic feedback, friendly and encouraging.

Feedback & Support: Kostas Tomazos (Work, Employment and Organisation)

  • Students who put nominations in this category said Kostas gave detailed, valuable, and honest feedback, gave genuine helpful feedback and every year students get to learn from his feedback.

Enthusiasm: Lesley Waddell (Education)

  • Students who put nominations in this category said Lesley was enthusiastic, inspiring, saw her enthusiasm in many different areas of her teaching.

Digital Innovator: David Nelson (Pure and Applied Chemistry)

  • Students who put nominations in this category said David provided step by step help, lots of zoom calls, enthusiastic about his Myplace page, organised, offered support in online learning, was understanding and adaptable towards his students as well as thoughtful.

Engagement with Students: John Levine (Computer and Information Sciences)

  • Students who put nominations in this category said John was well liked, keeps students engaged in creative ways, went above and beyond to ensure students are engaged and welcomed, kind and enthusiastic, inspiring, keeps students motivated, friendly and funny.

Non-Teaching Support Staff: Margaret Robinson (Pure and Applied Chemistry)

  • Students who put nominations in for this category said Margaret was helpful, funny, caring, compassionate, friendly, has a positive attitude, goes above and beyond for students, well appreciated by all, doesn't judge when asked the same question multiple times and inspiring.

Best in Faculty – Engineering: Alessio Boaro (Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering)

  • The nominations from students said Alessio gives good feedback and resources, goes above and beyond where others don't, genuine guy with deep knowledge, many enthusiastic nominations, very helpful to students and committed to provide support.

Best in Faculty - Humanities & Social Sciences: Gemma Flynn (Social Work and Social Policy)

  • The nominations from students said Gemma was reliable, engaging and fun, passes her enthusiasm for the subject to students and encouraging.

Best in Faculty – Science: Margaret Cunningham (Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences)

  • The nominations from students said Margaret was approachable, passionate, and positive towards students.

Best in Faculty - Strathclyde Business School: Chandra Thapa (Accounting and Finance)

  • The nominations from students said Chandra helped students to work better and good teacher, challenging, helpful, makes a 3-hour lecture fun, motivating, passionate and was supportive.

All the highlights from the event are on Instagram and explore the full longlist.


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