Recognising the work and commitment of Strathclyde’s teaching force, the Teaching Excellence Awards is a chance for students to say thank you to their lecturers and promote their work in how they make a positive impact on their learning.

The top prize category, Overall Best Teacher, recognises the lengths and dedication in ensuring that students get the best results and teaching experience at Strathclyde.

It’s a category that always takes nominees by surprise. Find out what this year’s shortlisted candidates had to say about the award.

Allan Blake

Allan Blake - School of Education
"It is a pleasure and a privilege to be nominated in the Best Overall category at this year’s Teaching Excellence Awards. If my teaching can be considered excellent at all, then it is in the glow of the brilliance of the students with whom I work. I am indebted to them for the great rewards that teaching brings!"

Sarah Proctor

Sarah Proctor – Department of Education
"I am extremely surprised yet very grateful for the nomination for the Teaching Excellence Award. I teach my students about the importance of building positive relationships in teaching. Perhaps I have modelled this in my day-to-day practice. It is a privilege to teach at Strathclyde University. It has both its challenges and certainly it’s rewards. The greatest reward is seeing my students’ success in developing the skills to become positive role models and the resilience to become successful classroom practitioners."

Christopher Cox

Christopher Cox - Department of Biomedical Engineering
"I am delighted that I have been nominated for this award by my students. It really is a fantastic feeling to know that the students have taken the time out of their already very busy schedule to nominate me for this award. I am honoured."

Derek Hill

Derek Hill - Department of Architecture
"I was a UG and PG student at Strathclyde and so have spent nearly 25 years at the University in various capacities. To be nominated by the student cohort for the award is very humbling: it is our wonderful students that continue to fire the passion for what I do - they make every day different."

David Reat

David Reat - Department of Architecture
"I'm not really sure how to sum up how I feel in a short statement; however I will say that, as well as being incredibly flattered and feeling really valued, it makes everything I do in the university even more worthwhile if the students genuinely appreciate it."

Evelyn Hart

Evelyn Hart - School of Education
"Working across BA/PGDE teaching courses means that this year I have worked with almost 500 students. It is impossible to know everyone’s name and as a teacher this is frustrating and seems impersonal. This nomination hopefully says that for those who matter most, the students, I have managed to do my best to connect and make learning memorable. Thank You."

Phillip Taylor

Philip Taylor – Department of Work, Employment and Organisation
'Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge, where is the knowledge we have lost in information'. (T.S. Eliot)'
"In the midst of all the awards and honours, ratings, rankings and league tables that envelope universities these days, the Teaching Excellence Awards stand out as unique and uniquely important. They are designed and decided by those who matter most - the students themselves. To be nominated for a TEA award is the greatest honour that can be bestowed on a teacher or lecturer."

Jenny Carey

Jenny Carey - School of Education
"Initial contemplation of this nomination filled me with much surprise and, to be honest, unworthiness. For students to use their voice to recognise my contributions is an honour which reflects their dedication and aspirations of themselves, as students.  I am only ever as good as the students I work with. Our student’s ability to negotiate and communicate what they want and what they take away from lectures and tutorials is a constant form of professional learning for me.  The conversations and interactions we have inspire my own learning journey. Partnerships with students are at the core of what we do in the School of Education and my work doesn't sit alone.  I am only one part of a large and dedicated team. I have to admit to never facing a teaching session with a feeling of having to be anywhere else. Teaching and contributing to a positive student experience, just makes my day. So thanks to the students of Strathclyde for making my job brilliant."

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