Teaching Awards 2015


The 2015 student-led Teaching Awards were held on the evening of Monday 13th April in the Quad, featuring music from MDX students in the form of jazz band O2J and Nuala Bennett-Wilford.

In 2015, 747 nominations were received from students from a variety of courses. The panel of students and MDXSU elected officers shortlisted nominees in each of the five award categories based on the evidence received with the nominations. The panel also decided to give a special, sixth award to a member of staff for their Outstanding Contribution.

For further details of the event, photos, and quotes from nominating students and the staff themselves, please click here.


See below for the Teaching Awards 2015 shortlist and winners:


Most Empowering Teacher

‘If you have a teacher who makes you feel empowered on your course or outside of university, who is supportive and co-operative in your education and development, then nominate them for the Most Empowering Teacher Award!’

Shortlisted Candidates:

  • Dr. Beata Burczynska
  • Dr. Pat Cartney
  • Dr. Anastasia Karamalidou (winner)
  • Dr. Erin Sanders-McDonagh
  • Dr. David Westley


Best Feedback

‘Feedback is incredibly important as it helps you learn and grow as a student. If you know someone who takes feedback really seriously, or has perhaps helped you to better understand why feedback is important, then nominate them for the award for Best Feedback!’

Shortlisted Candidates:

  • Chris Batchelor
  • Dr. Anastasia Karamalidou
  • Dr. Jackie Meredith
  • Angela Scollan (winner)
  • Dr. David Westley


Most Innovative Teaching

‘Do you have a teacher who has done something really interesting and different in their teaching, to help you understand concepts in an innovative way? If so, then nominate them for an Innovative Teaching Award.’

Shortlisted Candidates:

  • Sarah Lewis-Brooke
  • Dr. James Graham
  • Dr. Steve Kett (winner)
  • Lucy Neville
  • Dr. David Westley


Best Support Staff

‘Is there someone in your department, or elsewhere at the university who is not involved in teaching directly, but whose contribution and support makes a massive difference to your life as a student?’

Shortlisted Candidates:

  • Peter Beverstock, Urim Iseni and Barry Cooper
  • William Gillingham-Sutton
  • Elizabeth Sylvanus-Ley
  • Oliver Rix (winner)


Most Inspiring Teacher

‘Can you think of someone whose teaching is so fantastic in every way that none of the above categories quite cover how brilliant they are, or how much of a positive impact they have had in you and your life as a student?’

Shortlisted Candidates:

  • Jonathan Jaye
  • Dr. Steve Kett
  • Raouf Khodabux
  • Claire Lewis (winner)
  • Rob Townsend
  • Julianne Morrison


A final special award was given on the night for Outstanding Compassion, which went to David Price. You can read more about this story here.

MDXSU would like to say a huge thank you to all of those people that took the time to nominate their teachers and support staff for these awards, and congratulate all the staff who received a nomination.