On the night of 30th April Leeds City Museum hosted the Leeds Beckett Golden Robe awards. A group of CLT staff attended the event to celebrate the excellent work undertaken by staff in supporting and teaching students.
The event is organised in partnership between the Centre for Learning and Teaching and the Students' Union. The Golden Robes are awarded to staff and nominated by students from across the Institution in a number of categories. This year 1053 nominations were received for 603 different members of staff. The awards recognise the positive impact staff, in a range of roles, have on a student’s experience at university. The staff nominated have gone the extra mile, thought creatively about how they support students, and how they encouraged and empowered students to succeed.
The evening was compered by Saffron Rose (Vice President Education) and Declan Mulholland (Chair of the Student Council). The event got underway with a formal welcome by Deputy Vice Chancellor Prof. Phil Cardew before the prize giving began. The museum was full of expectant staff and those who had come along to cheer them on. Between each prize giving the Faculty Reps and Officers thanked the staff for their hard work.
The award categories are: Virtual Virtuoso, Personal Tutor of the year, Fantastic Feedback, Hidden Hero, Postgraduate Supervisor of the Year, Motivator of the Year, Course Team of the Year, Innovative Tutor, Undergraduate Supervisor of the Year and a Special recognition awarded.
The winners and shortlisted are shown below.
Professor Alex Nunn
Dr Peter Branney
Dr Sarah James
Supervisor of the year (Undergraduate):
Dr Lisa O’Keeffe
Dr Michelle Mellis
Rev. Ruth Dowson
Supervisor of the year (Postgraduate):
Dr Andrew Manley
Dr Osama Tashani
Professor Jim McKenna
Professor Martin Samy
Professor Ralph Tench
Personal Tutor of the year:
Dr Zoe Kolokotroni
Dr Davina Stanford
Motivator of the year:
Dr Niki Kyriakidou
Professor Martin Samy
Dr Michael Cassop Thompson
Dr Robin Redhead
Dr Jamie Morgan
Dr John Connell
Dr Mara Fuertes-Gutierrez
Course team of the year:
Ba (Hons) English Literature
Ba (Hons) Playwork
BSc (hons) Speech & Language Therapy
MSc Responsible Tourism Management
PGDip Youth Work and Community Development
The special recognition was awarded posthumously to Dr John Hamill who passed away suddenly on 26th December 2014. The award was accepted on his behalf by one of his students.
The awards are a celebration to recognise the wide range of staff who do the very best for Leeds Beckett students. Many of these staff would continue to work tirelessly without little recognition. The event also allows us all to learn from those that are getting it right and share this knowledge and practice wider.
Below is a Storify from the event bringing together some of the tweets about the event and a link to the Students' Union Facebook gallery from the night (photos by Adam Shaw).
Thank you to all the students who took the time to nominate a member of staff, to the Students' Union for organising such a great event and finally to all those who were nominated, keep up the good work!