Swansea University celebrates its outstanding staff

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Seven members of Swansea University teaching staff have been recognised by Swansea University during the University’s graduation week (20-24 July), in the Excellence in Learning and Teaching Awards (ELTAs).

The awards have been developed in conjunction with the Students’ Union to ensure a greater student voice in the award process with staff nominated by their students for their outstanding teaching abilities.

The awards were presented by Swansea University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Richard B Davies. Professor Davies said: “While we celebrate the success of our students during graduation week, it is important that we also distinguish the staff that have contributed to that success through these awards.

“We are very proud of the quality of our student experience and we find that staff, graduates and parents enjoy the opportunity to recognise the staff that inspire our students both academically and pastorally.”

On Monday 20 July during the degree ceremonies for the College of Arts and Humanities, five members of staff were awarded:

Vivienne Rogers, Lecturer in the Department of English Language and Literature was the first to receive her award. Students commented on Vivienne’s use of different teaching styles designed to challenge but not overwhelm; referring to her as ‘a breath of fresh air’ and ‘an absolute inspiration.’

Dr Paul Facey, Research Officer in the College of Medicine, received his award for his ‘knowledge, warmth, humour, and willingness to help.’ Students also commented on his detailed and personal feedback and his ability to identify when students were struggling. Many of his students said they felt privileged to have been taught by him.

Dr Fritz-Gregor Herrmann, Reader in the Department of History and Classics in the College of Arts and Humanities received his award for the passion he had for his subject, using different styles of teaching to enable students to acquire an appreciation of Greco-Roman antiquity.

Dr Chris Millington, Senior Lecturer in the Department of History and Classics was awarded for his ability to make the subject of History enthralling, interesting and relevant, with much comment made about his friendly, enthusiastic and down to earth nature as well as his innovative teaching techniques.

Professor John Morgan, Professor in the Department of History and Classics was nominated for his ability to ‘bring ancient literature alive in an engaging and humorous way’. He was cited as ‘exceptional’ with an ability to challenge and encourage students in such a way that they were able to grasp difficult topics.

Ms Ruth Costigan, Associate Professor in Undergraduate Legal Studies in the College of Law was recognised with an award during the graduation ceremony for the College of Law on 22 July for her instrumental role in developing teaching support mechanisms within the department. There was much mention of her popularity and how she instilled in students a passion for the subject of Law.

Mrs Sharon Harvey, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Nursing in the College of Human and Health Sciences received her award during the degree ceremony for the College of Human and Health Sciences on 22 July. She was nominated for an ELTA for her enthusiasm and in-depth knowledge of her subject. She was described as ‘outstanding’, with students impressed by her key references to educational resources.