Students across Edinburgh College have been nominating their lecturers, LDTs, support staff and class reps across 5 categories. The ECSA-llence Awards 2019 shortlisting panel has met and we can now share the shortlist and winners of our annual learning and teaching awards!
Due to the ongoing industrial action, we have done things a little differently this year. While we are announcing the shortlists and the winners here, we also followed Sarah Hay, ECSA President, around the campuses presenting the winners with their well-deserved awards and certificates. See how it all went above in our ECSA-llence Awards 2019 video.
189 members of staff were nominated for an award, with 689 nominations submitted in total. There is truly ECSA-llent work happening at Edinburgh College and we are thrilled to be able to recognise that, however it wouldn't have been possible without all the nominations from students across the institution. A massive thank you to all of you who submitted nominations! See below for the shortlisted nominees and winners for each category.
We will be delivering certificates to all nominated staff in the next few days.
Innovation in the Classroom Award
Claire Waugh (Business & Finance)
Debbie Miller (Art & Design)
Billie Walker from Social Sciences
This is what Billie's students said:
"Billie has been a true inspiration in the way she handles the lectures. She always includes a mix of teaching methods such as videos, interatives case studies or discussions. We (the students) are made to feel at ease, which allows us to contribute in class discussions without anxiety or worry about being judged. Billie should be commended for her 'can do' attitude, even when situations arise that are difficult to approach"
Christopher Hamilton (Art & Design)
Lawrence Nowosad (Art & Design)
Pete Smith from Social Sciences
Here's what Pete's students had to say:
"Pete always encourages his students and by believing in us our confidence has surged. His humour creates a relaxed environment for students to produce their best work, especially when providing feedback is it important to have the right atmosphere. Pete inspired me to write and I haven't stopped! He always takes the time to sit with you to explain feedback and work out a solution together. His input and support has been especially valuable in writing university applications and personal statements. Pete, you are fantastic! You could be a stand up comedian!"
Guiding Hand Award
Susie Sutherland (Health & Social Care)
Clara White (Professional Development)
Kara Tait (Learning Development Tutor)
Kara's students said:
"Kara deserves the Guiding Hand award because she is a very nice and supportive person. You can go to her with any problem and she will help. She is funny and trustworthy. She tells good jokes and she always looks after us and keeps us safe. Kara is the best lecturer in the world"
Outstanding Lecturer of the Year
Margaret Christison (Health & Social Care)
Boyd Stewart (Professional Cookery)
Ellie Bell-Thomson from Art & Design
Here's what her students had to say:
"Ellie is an amazing lecturer who is always positive and has the ability to work with everyone. She is genuine, talented, enthusiastic and she makes learning interesting and enjoyable. Ellie really made my time here at Edinburgh College great especially through all the support with my dyslexia. Ellie should be recognised for the time and patience she puts in and how she has inspired students, like myself within creative subjects, to be more themselves. Ellie has an impact beyond the classroom and is an absolute wonder woman!
Class Rep of the Year
John Farrington (Engineering)
Amy Pollock-Hay (Social Sciences)
Sophia Paschall (Art & Design)
Here's what Sophia's classmates had to say:
"Sophia has gone our of her way this year to help other students on the course as well as obtain better facilities in the art studio. She is always willing to listen if you need help and doesn't hesitate to take action when needed. She worked hard to get our classroom paper recycling bins, so we could cut down on our environmental impact. Sophia has really taken the role of class rep seriously and worked hard to represent the class when any issues have arisen."
Access and Continuing Education
Art and Design
Broadcast Media & Photography
Childhood Practice & SVQ Provision
Community Based ESOL and Modern Languages
Daniel Santos Reyes
Enterprise and Commerce
ESOL and English Language Teacher Training
Hair Beauty & Complementary Therapy
Health Professions & Social Services
Steph Martin Morin
Learning Support Department
Music & Sound Production
Schools and Young People
Social Sciences & Integrated Curriculum Services
Sport & Fitness