2019 Winners

 

Best Lecturer

FBS

Nihar Amoncar

 

FCES

Jeoroen Nieuwland

 

FCI

Sally Lisk-Lewis

 

FLSE

Helen Martin

 

Winner of Winners

Nihar Amoncar

"There simply aren't enough words to feedback why I choose to nominate Nihar Amoncar for Best Lecturer. Firstly, his enthusiasm in every lecture and tutorial I attend. His way of teaching keeps me engaged with the module and because of this I am motivated to succeed in the International Strategic Marketing module. Secondly, the first assessment seemed daunting at first but Nihar's approach meant that each week, a section of the project would be completed WITH additional feedback on areas to improve. This reflects his dedication to seeing us succeed, what more could you want? Last but not least, the weekly communication from Nihar via BlackBoard means that no one is missing out or unaware of any work that needs to be completed - this indicates that he cares and is there to support us every step of the way! To conclude, Nihar Amoncar deserves the award for best overall lecturer. At the end of the day, it's clear to see that he has our best interests at heart, there's no doubt about it!"

 

 

Best Academic Supervisor

FBS

Andy Croll

 

FCES

Gareth Davies

 

FCI

Paul Conway

 

FLSE

Martin Rowland

 

Winner of Winners

Andy Croll

"Andy is incredibly reliable. Despite all his other commitments in the university, he has never so much as rearranged a meeting with me. Furthermore, when you get the opportunity to talk to him about your work, you know that he is fully invested in what you are discussing. From helping you form ideas to suggesting useful resources, you know that Andy truly wants you to do well, and is invested in making that happen. His incredibly kind encouragement is exactly what every student needs in a supervisor, and I leave every meeting with him feeling confident that I will be successful with my work. Andy is very careful not to direct your research for you, but he gives you all the support you need in order to successfully direct yourself. No idea is too ridiculous; you know that Andy will help you take the essence of what you want to do, and form it into a successful plan. He is incredibly knowledgeable in his field, but talks to you as an equal. If he knows something that will help, he expresses excitement at being able to inform your work with not a hint of superiority. If he doesn't know something, he enjoys hearing your opinions, or exploring the subject together."

 

 

Best Course Leader

FBS

Clare Lewis

 

FCES

Andrew Bellamy

 

FCI

Sarah Crews

 

FLSE

Ceri Bowley

 

Winner of Winners

Ceri Bowley

"Ceri demonstrates a clear passion and care for our course (BSc Football Coaching and Performance). From the re-validation of the degree in 2017/18 to push further forward in 2018/19, identifying from industry experts what skills are needed to succeed in the football coaching and performance world. Identifying how the skills can implemented to teach through correlation of what modules are important to the BSc. Always approachable to any student across all years of the course, but also to other students and staff from other courses. This corresponds with Ceri's level of effective communication and accessibility at any time. Additional to this Ceri has put on extra lectures throughout the current academic year to support students with Dissertation and Applied Professional Project modules. Ceri has opened up these workshops and seminars to all third year football students and not just those he supervisors in both respective modules. This demonstrates again Ceri's care and drive for his students and future students graduating with a BSc Football Coaching Performance."

 

 

The Staff Award for Student Partnership

FBS

Ruth Atherton

 

FCES

Ian Wilson

 

FCI

Sarah Crews

 

FLSE

Rachel Taylor

 

Winner of Winners

Ian Wilson

"It feels like he genuinely cares about the faculty and the students here. He is always very helpful, supportive and very friendly/approachable. He has great relationships with his students, you can easily have a genuine conversation with him but also get the help and support you need from him. It never feels like he is too busy to help you or he is happy to go the extra mile for 1 to 1 support or feedback. He's always looking for feedback on the module and faculty to improve the university for us and our grades, and genuinely tries to engage us with his material. I feel like I am valued as a student and a person when Ian is teaching the material. As an example, he is always asking for feedback on his own module, other course modules, and potential new modules: - Which modules we would prefer to be optional and mandatory. - How we find the style of assessment, whether we prefer CW or exams. - If we like the structure of the module (such as speed of topics, timetabling). - He asks our preferred style of communication (we now use Meeto)!"

 

 

 

Outstanding Student Support

Susan Jones

"Unbelievable person, we honestly don’t know how we would complete the course without her, nothing is too small or big of an issue, she has made my time in uni the best, the most underestimated person in the whole university no words can be enough for how good she is."

 

 

Course Rep of the Year

Anna Billes

"Anna has been an outstanding year representative for the Creative and Therapeutic Arts course this year, going above and beyond her necessary role. Anna welcomed several first year students to campus before term began, showing them around the course facilities, campus in general and the local area. Anna has forged firm friendships with students across several years through this proactive attitude and activity. This has enabled some students we were nervous and apprehensive about settling into campus life to establish themselves and find their feet, definitely contributing to the course's improved retention rates. Further, Anna reliably provides comprehensive feedback from her peers for SSCLG and other course events. It appears students are comfortable in sharing their experiences with Anna and trust her to share their insights sensitively and reliably. Anna has also been very forthcoming in her support of international students, welcoming and befriending a potential exchange student from University of Nurtingen, showing them around campus and supporting them to gain some first hand experience of the course and the cohort. Anna welcomed the student into her friendship group and provided them with opportunities to engage socially beyond the academic focus of the course. Anna consistently engages in enrichment opportunities provided by the course and is a fantastic ambassador for Creative and Therapeutic Arts. She has gained employment through a course field trip by developing her networking skills and building on the opportunities the course afforded. Anna is a popular and well respected member of the class, who has been a crucial member of the course community this year. We would like to thank Anna for her passion and commitment to the course and the discipline, and are excited to follow her journey into the profession."

 

 

Student Voice Rep of the Year

Joshua Brown

"Josh promotes the SVR role, and the Students' Union, widely amongst students, and is a fantastic ambassador for both. He is incredibly busy, but he still always makes sure that he is doing everything he needs to do to really represent the students in his school. If a student has a problem, you know that you can count on Josh to either solve the problem, or pass it on to somebody who can. He is so friendly and approachable, and is always chatting to students to find out if there is anything he needs to take to a meeting. He is knowledgeable about how things work in both the Students' Union and the university, and uses this to help other students wherever possible. From hearing about the Change Week panel, I am so impressed by Josh's determination to get involved, and working on a key point from his manifesto. He is even taking on a controversial topic for his SVR project, which will support so many students. His professionalism means he is the perfect person to talk to staff at a high level, and I'm so glad he chose to represent students as SVR. He's the perfect student to be SVR, and I wish he could be the SVR again next year."

 

 

Student Councillor of the Year

Kay Dennis

"Kay has been a fantastic Student Councillor over the past couple of years, representing students who really need support. They are so dedicated to improving visibility for their demographic, and their warm and welcoming personality is matched with a fierce passion for the work that they do. You can always find Kay around campus, and they always have plans for what they want to achieve next. They are incredibly positive, and look for ways to keep pushing for the students they represent, even when the way to do that isn't immediately obvious. Their campaign earlier in the year raised the profile of their demographic in a really significant way, bringing staff and students together to discuss an often avoided subject. I think Kay is everything a Student Councillor should be: passionate, proactive, confident, kind, and willing to do everything in their power to improve the student experience."

 

 

Most Inspirational Student of the Year

Team Hydr8

"A group of nursing students started an amazing project to identify hospital patients who are at risk of dehydration. They have successfully achieved a trial of the scheme at Royal Glamorgan Hospital and the scheme has received lots of attention from the media including the BBC. They have also been nominated for other nursing awards. Hopefully this idea will be taken and used in hospitals in Wales, and the UK. I can't imagine better students to receive this award as they have used their initiative and created a project, relating to their course that will help the lives of so many, and the NHS!"