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RUSU Excellence Awards Winners announced

This year’s RUSU Excellence Award winners were due to be awarded their trophies after Easter at the RUSU Partnership in Teaching and Learning Showcase. Despite the showcase having to be postponed this year, we still want to celebrate those who are working collaboratively across the university and say well done to all the winners and nominees.

“I do my job because I love working with students and helping them to realise their potential - I can’t think of a more rewarding job and it means such a lot to know that you are actually making a difference to people. The fact that this is based on student nomination makes it very special indeed.”
Prof Bob Rastall (Teaching Excellence Award Winner for Life Sciences)

Excellence in Essence

The RUSU Excellence Awards initiative was inspired by the true spirit of collaboration existing between staff and students across the university, coming together to solve issues creatively and improve the teaching and learning experience.

These awards remain student led and this year RUSU received over 186 nominations! The RUSU Full-time Officer team shortlisted the nominees before Easter and had the tough job of narrowing down all the hundreds of nominations to decide the final winners.

Award Winner
Academic Tutor Excellence Award Prof. Simon Mortimer
Diverse and Inclusive Teaching Excellence Award Wendy McLean
Graduate Teaching Assistant Excellence Award Sophie Oduyale
Outstanding Student/Staff Partnership Excellence Award Amanda Millmore
Support Staff Excellence Award Sue Wallace
Technology Enhanced Learning Excellence Award Dr. Nicola Abram
Teaching Excellence Award for Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Ilan Dwek
Teaching Excellence Award for Business Edel Byrne
Teaching Excellence Award for Life Sciences Prof. Bob Rastall
Teaching Excellence Award for Science Dr. Rob Hosfield
Course Rep of the Year Leah Logan
School Rep of the Year Sara Dahash

Heart-warming messages

All nominees also received notification of their nominations last week and some responded with such heart-warming messages – we thought these were especially lovely.

“Thank you very much for this wonderful news! I have only been at Reading since last October, so it is really great to hear that my students have enjoyed and benefitted from my teaching. Thanks for giving a bounce to my step today!”
Dr. Dave McLaughlin, Teaching Fellow in Human Geography (Climate & Development) nominee for Teaching Excellence in Science.
“Wow! Many thanks for delivering such wonderful news, I feel truly honoured!”
Sue Wallace (Support Staff Excellence Award winner)
“I am delighted and honoured to receive this prestigious award and very grateful to my students for the nomination.”
Edel Byrne (Teaching Excellence Award Winner for Business)
“This award means a lot to me, it’s a nice feeling to be recognised by the university and RUSU teams. This will encourage me to give the best of me. It will be always an honour for me to perform this duty towards my university and improve student experience.”
Sara Dahash (School Rep of the Year)

Partnership Showcase 2020

The Partnership showcase was then born out of the Excellence Awards as an event to help recognise these winners further and usually is a real highlight in the T&L calendar. Although we are not able to come together just yet to celebrate in person, plans are afoot to postpone the showcase for when we can.

Meanwhile, RUSU has sent the winners signed certificates and email signature stamps display and will be ordering the trophies for collection in future. We hope to hold the Showcase as an informal lunch later in the year to celebrate all the hard work and successes of the nominees; keep an eye out on RUSU social media for any updates. For more info on the awards, please check out our awards page