Teaching Awards 2016

The MDXSU Teaching Awards 2016 took place on Thursday 14th April, with students and staff from across the university gathering in the Quad to celebrate excellent teaching and student-staff partnership.


In 2016, we received an incredible 1,300 nominations from students for their teachers.


The shortlist and winners for each of the five categories were decided by elected Student Officers based on the strength and quality of the individual nominations rather than quantity overall.


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, please click here, or see below for the MDXSU Teaching Awards 2016 shortlist and winners.


Best Feedback

Frank Hills

Nico Pizzolato

Leonidas Aristodemou

Jackie Meredith

And the winner for Best Feedback is...

Dr Mona Sakr, Lecturer in Education and Early Childhood

“Mona always gives positive feedback, explaining not only where you went wrong but also what you did right. Even when you go back to her with the same issue, she is more than happy to give you ample support and ensure that you understand what you are doing. With Mona's feedback, I have passed all her modules really well since secnd year.”

“In every seminar and lecture Mona is amazing, always pushing us and making lessons more interesting and interactive. We learn so much from her sessions.”


Best Support Staff

Alex Moore

Matt Cracknell

Peter Williams

Shams Sadiqi

And the winner of the Best Support Staff award is...

Steve McMahon, Sports Activator

“I can’t put into words how much Steve, or 'Stevo', has helped me throughout my time at University. Stevo goes above and beyond to help everyone. He runs a wheelchair basketball club at University and ensures students of all abilities feel welcomed and included. I was born with spinal deformities and Stevo has taken the time to research it and find out as much as he can. Now he has done that, he knows exactly how to help me excel at sport and for this, I am truly grateful.”

“Stevo has been so much help in getting inclusive sports, such as wheelchair basketball, established at the university, giving disabled students the same opportunities as non-disabled students. Without this opportunity I wouldn't have met the great group of students I now play wheelchair sports with, and I also wouldn’t know about the help I can get from the University.”


Special Award for Outstanding Compassion

Richard Barry, Senior Lecturer in the Psychology Department

This award was presented by MDXSU president Aman Siddiqi and amazing third-year student Amy Lucas, who gave a powerful and emotional speech acknowleding the overwhelming support and compassion Amy received from a particular member of staff at Middlesex. 

"Richard talked me through referring modules and kept me going when I felt like giving up... He made the effort to reach out and always had time for me. He inspired me to discover my passion for psychology and recognise skills I didn't realise I had. Thanks to Richard I'm on track for a first, will be coming back to Middlesex to complete my Masters, and I'll be leaving university with a purpose I didn't arrive with."


Most Innovative Teaching

Elliot Schatzberger

Dr Emma Dowling

Nathalie Van Meurs

Dr Reza Gholami

And the winner of the Most Innovative Teaching award is...

Dr David Westley, Director of Programmes for Counselling & Psychotherapy

"He manages to make all subjects interesting, regardless of how exciting the topic is! He creates this energy in class that makes you want to hear and learn every word he is saying. He involves the class with activities and funny, interesting ways and creates different methods of learning other than just a Powerpoint - plus every lecture starts with cookies, and it doesn't get much better than that... Whenever you need help with anything, he is always there to help in any way he can, regardless of the problem and he never makes you feel any less for needing help or asking 'stupid' questions."


Empowering Partnership

Alechia Van Wyk

Julie Moody

Theresa Cronin

Marcos Patchett

And the winner of the Empowering Partnership award is...

Dr Carmel Clancy, Head of Mental Health, Social Work and Interprofessional Learning

“Carmel's input into this year’s inter-professional symposium has been absolutely fantastic. Both Carmel's knowledge and experience have come across well during her sessions on Mental Health. The realism and objectivity of her sessions made it so easy to relate to the topic at hand. This innovative approach to enable partnership across the fields within the School of Health & Education has been fantastic. Thanks to the partnership with Carmel the Nursing Society at Middlesex are now looking at new and innovative ways of bringing more cross-platform and cross-field teaching and awareness sessions to students studying all aspects of nursing and midwifery. Carmel is a very approachable, knowledgeable, friendly and passionate academic and I am really looking forward to working more with her to build stronger partnerships within the school, and across our diverse fields of education here at Middlesex.”


Most Inspiring Teacher

Dr Noha Saleeb

Elliot Schatzberger

Francois Evans

The joint winners of Most Inspiring Teacher 2016...

Dr Emma Dowling, Senior Lecturer in Sociology

“Dr Emma Dowling always motivates students to achieve to the maximum level in order for us to succeed. She allows her students to voice their thoughts… [and] her teaching skills keeps all students so engaged. She is a creative teacher and most of all inspiring.”

“Emma has taken the class on countless field trips, from the Marx memorial museum where we had front row seats to a talk by Klaus Dorre, to the Southbank Centre where we were present for a book talk! Emma's for teaching Sociology and her modules is really evident. She has helped us explore new areas of study, new topics and new places of sociological interest. Aside from this, there have been several guests lecturers who have come to speak to our class, from 'Take Back the City', to a Guardian journalist - providing us with both interesting and informing lectures, but also giving us the opportunity to get involved and ask questions for those who are interested in a similar career path.”

Dr Christine Eastman, Senior Lecturer in Work Based Learning

“She has successfully challenged our group to step outside of our comfort zone and explore beyond where many of us thought our research would take us. In addition to the creativity Christine has been a rock of support to the entire group, tirelessly working with us either in a group or one to one. Dr Eastman has made my time at the University both challenging and enjoyable. A real asset to the Institute.”

“Dr Eastman has transformed my experience of education from a Dickensian approach to something akin to Robin Williams in Dead Poets Society. Growing up I watched films where teachers inspired and motivated their students and I always wondered what it would be like to have such a teacher and now I know! … Dr Eastman inspires me to want to learn, to want to know, to want to understand and to be so much more than I ever thought I could be. I genuinely miss my peer learning sets and look forward to our UniHub exchanges as a group and this is because of her passion.”



Congratulations to all staff who were nominated or shortlisted, and thank you on behalf of your students! The nominations illustrate the level of student-staff partnership, as well as the level of knowledge, passion and compassion that exists amongst the community of staff at Middlesex - which clearly does not go unnoticed or unappreciated by students.


Further thanks to all students who placed one of the 1,300 nominations received this year. As well as giving us an opportunity to bring students and staff together to celebrate at the awards ceremony, the nominations received this year will be used by Middlesex Students' Union to work with the university and continue to develop teaching and partnership at Middlesex.