RUSU have announced the launch of their student-led Excellence Awards for 2017. These aim to recognise members of University of Reading staff who students believe have gone above and beyond expectations. As RUSU states: ‘ Why are [these awards] important? Not only is it important to celebrate and give thanks to hard work, but it is also important to get you thinking about what good teaching means to you. Winners of the RUSU Excellence Awards will receive a trophy at our awards ceremony and are commended publicly by the University at the Graduation ceremonies.’
There are 8 awards. There are 4 Teaching Excellence Awards for lecturers who have provided students with engaging and intellectually stimulating lectures, or have supported, guided and inspired students to achieve their potential through excellent seminars, supervision, feedback and the like. A further Diverse and Inclusive Teaching Excellence Award celebrates teaching staff that design and deliver an engaging and diverse curriculum. There is an award for Personal Tutor Excellence, and another Support Staff Excellence award that celebrates outstanding contributions of non-teaching staff.
This year there is a new award. The Graduate Teaching Assistant Excellence Award. This is for passionate and committed Postgraduate teaching staff and assistants. Some undergraduate students in the department may have encountered brilliant postgraduate teaching in their Part One seminars.
For more information, see https://www.rusu.co.uk/representation/academicrep/awards/excellence/