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Teaching Awards

Lord Dearing Awards

Celebrating excellence in Learning and Teaching

The Lord Dearing Award Scheme has, since 1999, recognised the outstanding achievements of University of Nottingham staff in enhancing the student learning experience.

The Dearing Awards are awarded annually and staff can be nominated by staff and students.

2021 Awards in the School of English

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Dr Sarah Grandage
Lecturer in Drama and Performance

PeterKirwan

Dr Peter Kirwan
Associate Professor in Early Modern Drama

 

Christina Lee

Dr Christina Lee
Associate Professor in Viking Studies

LilaMatsumoto

Dr Lila Matsumoto
Assistant Professor in Creative Writing

 

Faculty of Arts ESE Team

 
Applied English Web Team

 
 
2020 Awards in the School of English

Eleni Ponirakis with a small dog.Dr Eleni Ponirakis
Teaching Associate

 
2016 Awards in the School of English

Laura Nixon

Dr Laura Nixon
Placements and Employability Administrator

Derek Irwin

Dr Derek Irwin
Head of School (UNMC)

 
 
2014 Awards in the School of English

Jem BloomfieldDr Jem Bloomfield
Lecturer in Medieval and Early Modern Literature

 
2013 Awards in the School of English

Dr Andrew HarrisonDr Andrew Harrison
Lecturer in English Literature

 
2012 Awards in the School of English

Dr Sarah Grandage  

Dr Sarah Grandage
Lecturer in Language and Drama 

Dr Kevin Harvey  

Dr Kevin Harvey
Lecturer in Sociolinguistics

Prof. Brean Hammond  

Professor Brean Hammond
Professor in  English Literature
 
 
2011 Awards in the School of English

Prof. Norbert Schmitt

Professor Norbert Schmitt
Professor in Applied Linguistics

  Dr Matthew Green

Dr Matthew Green
Associate Professor in English Literature

  Dr Neal Alexander

Dr Neal Alexander
Lecturer in English Literature
 
 
2010 Awards in the School of English

Dr Joanna Robinson Dr Joanna Robinson
Associate Professor in Drama  

 
2008 Awards in the School of English

Dr Gordon Ramsay Dr Gordon Ramsay
Lecturer in Drama and Performance

 

University Staff Oscars

The University Staff Oscars – sponsored by The University of Nottingham (Teaching & Learning Board) – are awarded annually by the University’s Student Union and each entrant is nominated by students.

Over the years we have had a number of Oscar winners from the School, including members of our teaching staff, which can be found below.

Many other teaching and admin staff were also nominated for various categories by our students, within the School of English.

2021 - Winners

Dr Dominic Thompson

Assistant Professor in Psycholinguistics

Category: Most Inspiring (Arts)

Claire Humphries

Senior Administrator for Web-based Learning

Category: Best Member of Support Staff

 

2019 - Highly Commended

Dr Sarah Grandage

Lecturer in Drama, Performance and Language

Category: Teaching: Most Innovative

 

2018 - Winner

 PeterKirwan

Dr Peter Kirwan

Associate Professor in Early Modern Drama

Category
Teaching: Best-All Rounder

 

2017 - Winner

Matt Green

Dr Matthew Green
Associate Professor in English Literature

Category
Personal Tutor: Difficult Issue

  

2017 - Runner-up

joannarobinson Dr Joanna Robinson
Associate Professor in English Literature

Category
Teaching: Best-All Rounder

 
 

2015 - Winner

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Dr Kelly Kilpatrick
Teaching Associate in English Literature

Category
Teaching: Most Inspiring

 

2014 - Winners

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Dr Peter Kirwan and Dr Joe Anderton with English students, Georgina and Caroline
 

Dr Peter Kirwan
Associate Professor in Early Modern Drama

Category
Teaching: Best All-rounder

And

Dr Joe Anderton
Lecturer in Drama and Performance

Category
Teaching: Best Feedback

 

2012 - Winners

 In 2012, the School of English won the Oscar for 'Best School/Department'. The nomination included examples of how English has actively improved the university experience for its students.

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Elizabeth Goddard, SU Education Officer, presents the Oscar for Best School to Professor Julie Sanders, Head of School.
 

'The School is very responsive to its Learning Community Forum, introducing video feedback and organising academic skills workshops. The School took the initiative to change the name from English Studies, after full consultation with students.

We particularly liked details of what English does for international students, holding an international day and introducing a buddy system for Ningbo students.

Finally, the nomination commends the School’s excellent management, something which most students would be unlikely to consider or particularly notice, demonstrating that the interaction between academic and administrative staff must be very effective.

Overall, the nomination really gave a sense that students truly loved being part of such a responsive School, constantly striving to make improvements.

 

Among several individual members of teaching staff in the School who were nominated for other awards, Paul Whickman, one of our Postgraduate Teaching Fellows won the award for Best Postgraduate who Teaches.

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Paul Whickman received the award for Best Postgraduate who Teaches 
 
 

National Teaching Fellowships

Celebrating excellence in Learning and Teaching

The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) is a national competition which seeks to recognise and reward individuals of the highest calibre in the areas of teaching and the facilitation of learning. National Teaching Fellowships are awarded by the Higher Education Academy, an organisation funded by the UK Higher Education funding bodies to promote excellence in teaching.

National Teaching Fellowship Awards in the School of English

Dr Gordon Ramsay Dr Gordon Ramsay
Lecturer in Drama and Performance
2011

 

 

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