Academic Reps rewarded at awards ceremony
Thursday 14th April saw the Claverton Rooms play host to the annual Academic Representation Awards. The awards ceremony congratulated Academic Reps and teaching staff alike, recognising their consistent dedication and enthusiasm towards their roles. Students, SU Officers, University and Students’ Union staff came together to celebrate the many successes of the Academic Reps this year.
The awards were led by SU Education Officer Lucy Woodcock, who gave a superb speech summarising her time as Education Officer. Lucy outlined the various successes that Academic Reps have helped achieve this year, including higher levels of online submission and more anonymous marking than ever before, alongside huge increases in Panopto recordings. Lucy also summarised the skills that our fantastic Academic Reps have, stating that they are ‘wise yet balanced with their judgement, ambitious yet realistic with their aims & campaigns and confident and personable with their communication’.
We were also lucky enough to have Professor Peter Lambert, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Learning & Teaching, in attendance. Peter gave an outstanding speech highlighting the important role that Academic Reps play in the student experience at the University of Bath, whilst emphasising the significance of the link between Academic Reps and student engagement. Peter was also kind enough to present the deserving Academic Reps with their various awards, which recognised Reps at a department level as well as the outstanding contributions they have made this year. Computer Science were awarded SSLC of the Year in recognition of the improvements which they have made to increase engagement. The final awards of the evening were for the Undergraduate Academic Rep of the Year and the Post Graduate Academic Rep of the Year, which were won by Jenny Munden and Aoibheann Brady respectively.
Alongside the Academic Representative awards were the ‘Above and Beyond Awards’, a number of student nominated staff awards. SU Education Officer Lucy Woodcock presented the awards to the winners, and congratulated them on their achievement. Awards included ‘Personal Tutor of the Year’, ‘Supervisor of the Year’ and the ‘Overall Above and Beyond’ award. As well as this, ‘Excellence in Teaching’ awards were presented to those academics who continually impress students with their engaging, innovative and creative ways of teaching. The nominations for these awards truly proved the impact that excellent teaching and support can have on students.
Examples of the nominations received included:
The nomination for Sukumar Natajaran, Excellence in Teaching Award Winner, read: “Sukumar is a teacher who wishes to make students feel comfortable, one who wants students to understand why they learn and most importantly; the benefits of learning”.
The nomination for Fabio Nemetz, Overall Above and Beyond winner, stated that: “He gives SO much to the students, including supporting new initiatives like regular mini stand up meetings for year 1 and 2 Reps separately so that smaller issues can be raised and dealt with appropriately without having to wait for the next SSLC.”
As well as this, the nomination for Dr Merrilee Hurn read: “She is without doubt the best personal tutor I could have been given and speaking to her other tutees this is definitely a universal view”.
We would like to congratulate all the award winners and extend our thanks to the staff and students who support the Academic Rep system at the University of Bath.
A full list of winners can be found below:
Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering: Alastair Marsh
Department of Chemical Engineering: Emma Fox
Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering: Ranjithkumar Kulasingam
Department of Mechanical Engineering: Tom Simpson
Department of Economics: Mohammad Lone
Department of Education: Meenakshy Venkiteswaren
Department for Health: Annaleise Depper
Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies: James Hart
Department of Psychology: Claire Forrest
Department of Social and Policy Sciences: Amina Ehikioya
School of Management: David Cross
Department of Biology and Biochemistry: Ellie Childs
Department of Chemistry: Eleanna Protopapa
Department of Computer Science: Olivia Ruston
Department of Mathematical Sciences: Alicia Darrington
Department of Natural Sciences: Demelza Wright
Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology: Alex Davies
Department of Physics: Beth Probert
Personal Tutor of the Year: Dr Merrilee Hurn - Department of Mathematical Sciences
Supervisor of the Year: Sarah Moore - Department of Social and Policy Sciences
Above and Beyond: Fabio Nemetz - Department of Computer Science
SSLC of the Year
Highly Commended: Maths
Winner: Computer Science
SSLC Chair of the Year: Ellie Howard - School of Management
Excellence in Teaching Awards
Euan Spence - Department of Mathematical Sciences
Daniel Simpson - Department of Mathematical Sciences
Sukumar Natarajan - Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering
Outstanding Contribution; Academic Rep
Jenny Munden - Department of Mathematical Sciences
Ludi Wang - Department of Economics
Freya Johnson - Department of Computer Science
Outstanding Contribution; Faculty Rep
Bharat Bajaj – PGT Faculty Representative for the School of Management
Ines Righi – UG Faculty Representative for Humanities and Social Sciences
Jack Kitchen – UG Faculty Representative for the School of Science
Roseanna McMahon – UG Faculty Representative for Science
Carl Chittenden – PGR Faculty Representative for Engineering and Design
Academic Rep of the Year
UG Academic Rep of the Year:
Jenny Munden - Department of Mathematical Sciences
PG Academic Rep of the Year:
Aoibheann Brady - Department of Mathematical Sciences