RUSU Excellence Awards

The RUSU Excellence Awards recognise University of Reading staff who display excellent and innovative teaching practice.

We award the staff who students believe have gone above and beyond expectations, tirelessly working to improve the delivery of your teaching and learning experience.

We also celebrate the amazing work of our Course Reps and School Reps who go the extra mile to represent the student voice and create positive change to teaching and learning, through the School and Course Rep Awards.

RUSU Partnership in Teaching and Learning Showcase

Results for the 2019/20 Excellence Awards have been announced. See below for the winners.

Teaching Excellence Award Categories

For inspiring teaching staff who have applied their in-depth subject knowledge to provide you with engaging and intellectually stimulating lectures. It aims to recognise exceptional individuals who have gone above-and-beyond teaching expectations: supporting, guiding and inspiring you to reach your full potential. Winners of these awards in the past have been described as engaging, supportive, helpful, inspiring, enthusiastic and dedicated to their profession.

2019/20 Winner - Ilan Dwek

Schools include: Arts & Communication Design, Humanities, SPEIR (Politics, Economics & International Relations), Law, IoE (Institute of Education), Literature & Languages

2019/20 Winner - Dr. Rob Hosfield

Schools include: SAGES (Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Sciences), Maths, Physical & Computational Sciences, Built Environment

2019/20 Winner - Professor Bob Rastall

Schools include: APD (Agriculture, Policy & Development), Psychology & Clinical Language Sciences, Biological Sciences and Chemistry, Food & Pharmacy

2019/20 Winner - Edel Byrne

Schools include: Henley Business School & ICMA Centre

Staff Awards Categories

These awards are primarily for non-teaching members of staff that enhance teaching, learning and the student experience through inspiring and supportive means. Previous winners have been described as innovative, conscientious and those that continually go out of their way to help.

2019/20 Winner - Professor Simon Mortimer

Previously known as the Personal Tutor Excellence Award this award rewards Academic Tutors in light of the new Academic Tutor System (ATS). It is for exceptionally supportive and approachable Academic Tutors and Supervisors who show commitment to students; ensuring excellent academic support and guidance.

2019/20 Winner - Sue Wallace

For outstanding contributions of non-teaching staff (such as administration, or technical support staff) that ensure your University experience runs as smoothly as possible. These staff members may be the people who help you in the labs, answer your admin queries from first to final year and work behind the scenes to support students on a daily basis.

2019/20 Winner - Wendy McLean

For teaching staff that design and deliver an engaging and diverse curriculum, accessible for all students and learning styles. They encourage students to be proactive, challenge and consider different experiences and perspectives.

2019/20 Winner - Sophie Oduyale

For passionate and committed Postgraduate teaching staff and assistants, who alongside their studies are dedicated to supporting academic staff and students in the delivery of their education experience.

2019/20 Winner - Amanda Millmore

This new award recognises and celebrates the excellent collaborative efforts between a member of staff and a student who have worked together to enhance Teaching and Learning within their Department. As a partnership, they have demonstrated how improvements can be made to University practices and through creating positive change have inspired and benefited both staff and students./And through their inspirational ideas have created positive change for both students and staff.

2019/20 Winner - Dr. Nicola Abram

This new award recognises the members of staff that have increased student engagement and accessibility, using technology in teaching and learning. The hands-on and proactive teaching style makes lectures and seminars interactive and inclusive, and plays a large part in enhancing the student experience.

Student Awards Categories

Every year we recognise Reps that have excelled in their role and helped enhance the student experience, not only for other Reps but all students. The award celebrates their achievements and how they have used the role to inspire and motivate others.

2019/20 Winner - Leah Logan

For an Academic Rep who has committed to their role as a representative from day one and has consistently gathered quality feedback from students throughout the year to fairly represent their cohort. Has attended SSLC meetings and participated in discussion, delivering evaluation and critical feedback from students to staff. Has encouraged problem-solving and helped close the feedback loop on any issues that have arisen regarding Teaching & Learning. Finally, who has gone over and above to support their course mates and improve the student learning experience.

2019/20 Winner - Sara Dahash

For a School Rep who has committed to their role as a representative from day one and has consistently gathered quality feedback from students throughout the year to fairly represent their school. Has attended SBTL meetings and participated in discussion, delivering evaluation and critical feedback from students to staff. Has encouraged problem-solving and helped close the feedback loop on any issues that have arisen regarding Teaching & Learning. Finally, who has gone over and above to support their course mates and improve the student learning experience.