UUSU Learning and Teaching Awards 2017

The fourth annual Students’ Union Learning and Teaching awards recently took place to celebrate the 360 staff and student representatives – nominated by the student body – who had made the most positive and influential impact on their learning experience at Ulster University.

Dr Liz Doherty (winner of the Inspirational Teaching award) pictured with Ulster staff and students

Kevin McStravock, incoming Students’ Union President, said:

“Divided into categories, the Teaching Awards aim to identify best practice across a range of aspects of the student journey, including excellent teaching, research supervision and student support.

These awards give the student community the opportunity to thank those that have made the biggest impact on their learning – individuals and teams that go out of their way to support and inspire.

Since these annual awards were established, the Students’ Union continues to witness the exceptional quality of our staff and the impact they make.  I’d like to congratulate all the nominees for their outstanding work and their passion for enhancing academic life at Ulster University.”

Dr Liz Doherty won the Inspirational Teacher of the Year Award 2017.  She said:

“I have been involved in traditional music at third level since 1994, the last ten of those years at Ulster. Basically, I love to teach. This is where all of my interests – as a performer, researcher, and TRADvocate  – come together. For me it’s personal… and it’s simple: when the students shine, I shine; when our students shine, our University shines.

Traditional music students at Ulster make a real contribution to the conversation around the immense value of traditional arts within the community, academia, and the creative industries. As representatives of Ulster they have travelled the world performing at top festivals and events, spoken at conferences, and brought international audiences to Derry. Individually and collectively they do this with a genuine sense of joy and passion. They are amazing ambassadors for what we do here at Magee – and I am proud of them every single day.”


Learning and Teaching Award Winners


Excellence in Teaching: Postgraduate Teacher/Demonstrator Stephanie Foster, School of Computing and Information Engineering
Excellence in Employability/Placement Support Dr Jasmine Lay-Cheng Lim, School of the Built Environment
Excellence in Student Support Sue McBean, Student Support
Excellence in Research Supervision Dr Fiona Bloomer, School of Criminology, Politics & Social Policy
Ulster Team of the Year Interactive Media Team (BA Hons), School of Media, Film and Journalism
Excellence in Student Representation Diane Fernie, School of Sport
Excellence in Teaching: Faculty of Arts Adrian O’Connell, School of Creative Arts & Technologies
Excellence in Teaching: Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment   Dr Kaylynn Deveney, Belfast School of Art
Excellence in Teaching: Faculty of Computing & Engineering Dr Shane Wilson, School of Computing & Intelligent Systems
Excellence in Teaching: Faculty of Life and Health Sciences Pat Deeny, School of Nursing
Excellence in Teaching: Faculty of Social Sciences Paula Brogan, School of Communication
Excellence in Teaching: Ulster University Business School Dr Damian Gallagher, Department of Marketing, Entrepreneurship & Strategy
Inspirational Teacher of the Year  Dr Liz Doherty, School of Creative Arts and Technologies

For more pictures, visit the photo gallery.

Our Learning and Teaching awards are so special to the staff who receive them because they are truly from students. This short video showcases the student nominations we received for the awards!

LTA video link

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