The awards were held in the Great Hall

Teaching Awards 2012 – winners announced

The winners of this year’s Exeter Students Guild Teaching Awards were announced at a glittering ceremony in the Great Hall on 3 May 2012.

This year over 2,000 nominations were submitted for 588 individual staff members, highlighting the excellence of the teaching across the University.

An invited audience of more than 220 students and staff were entertained by the University Jazz Orchestra and listened to a key note address from John Crace, alumnus and features writer for the Guardian.

The overall winners were as follows:

  • Best Lecturer: Tim Rees from History
  • Innovative Teaching: Ian Cook from Geography
  • Research Inspired Teaching: Francesca Stavrakopoulou from Theology and Religion
  • Best Feedback Provider: Yelena Gedge from Modern Languages
  • Supportive Member of Staff: Susan Margetts from Politics
  • Best Employability Support: Sarah Hodge from Biosciences, Cornwall Campus
  • Change Agents Champion: Jenny Wren from the Business School
  • Best Postgraduate Teacher: Bert Bond from Sport and Health Sciences
  • Best Subject: English
  • Best Research Community: Archaeology

The Teaching Awards recognise, celebrate and promote excellence by both teaching and professional services staff across the University.

Winner of Best Lecturer, Tim Rees commented “I was delighted to be nominated and was completely thrilled to find out that I’d won. My thanks go to the students who nominated me and all the others that make my work so enjoyable. I couldn’t ask for a better, more enthusiastic group of young people to spend time with.”

The Students’ Guild also honoured Russell Seal, the outgoing head of Council, with a Special Recognition Award for the immense hard work he has put into bettering the academic experience for students during his tenure.  University of Exeter Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Steve Smith said: “He is without doubt the very best chair of a University governing body you could ever have.  He’s ambitious, he’s supportive, he’s friendly, he’s professional, but above all he’s pushed us all to do the very best we can do.”

James Eales, Students’ Guild Vice President Academic Affairs said: “It was fantastic to see so many people come together tonight to celebrate wonderful teaching at Exeter. We had so many great nominations this year that to pick eight winners was almost impossible, but we just about managed it! Congratulations to those of you who won, got shortlisted or were simply nominated. Your students think you're amazing, and so do I.”


Date: 4 May 2012