Outstanding Contribution to Teaching Excellence Award won by Italian Studies at Reading

Outstanding Contribution to Teaching Excellence

Over the past few weeks, RUSU has been running the RUSU Excellence Awards. These are teaching awards which aim to recognise members of University of Reading staff who the students believe have gone above and beyond their expectations, tirelessly working to improve the delivery of their teaching and learning experience.


A special nomination for the entire Italian Department was received and the effort and detail that the Italian students went into to nominate their entire cohort of staff could not be overlooked!


A nomination is a great achievement, and is testimony to the hard work you put into improving the experience of students here at the University. Your efforts have not gone unnoticed!

Italian Students Present the Award

Some comments that students have made in their nominations:

‘We’ve enjoyed a huge variety of learning styles and approaches – but ultimately they all share the same values and that’s helped to create a really strong foundation for our degree’

‘They’ve created a space both formally and informally where students feel they can be listened to. They’ve done this informally by having an open-door policy, treating us as individuals and always being approachable

 ‘We all studied abroad in our third year and we’re so thankful, especially to the admin team, for being a support structure when things occasionally went horribly wrong at our visiting institution; undoubtedly their support saw us through the entire experience ‘

                                                               Staff and Students of Italian Studies




IN THE JUNGLE by Richard McKenzie


I have seen shanty towns in Kenya but have never been to a refugee camp. It is horrible.

The camp hides in plain sight at the East end of the Calais Ferry Terminal next to the motorway that almost every holiday maker will use to travel on to the heartland of Europe. It is obvious but inconspicuous in its openness. The camp sits on a former sandy nature reserve and has been half cleared by the French authorities, who have built a camp made from containers for migrants/refugees who are willing to be finger printed and documented. This has reduced the size of the camp but has created a refugee Apartheid separating those who the authorities believe can be settled as refugees from those who have fled terrible situations at home, but who the authorities do not class as refugees. The men I met there were mainly from Peswar in Pakistan, Northern Afghanistan, or Eritrea.

See the full text in JUNGLE