Current Staff Celebration Awardee: Karen Johnstone
Karen Johnstone (Student Success)
“I had an excellent experience with Karen Johnstone from the Counselling team. She’s excellent at what she does and helped me view my concerns from a completely unexpected angle. What I really did not expect (and was blown away by) was that being aware of my niche field of study, she was able to use metaphors and comparisons suited to me, which enabled us to understand each other. This also added a necessary levity and openness to our discussion, while also enabling a real understanding of what was going on with me, my mental health, and the situation. This in turn allowed me to achieve my best at coursework. I am very grateful for the help she was to me, and believe such personalisation should be recognised!"
Beth Claridge (Creative and Digital Industries)
"Over the first term beth has really helped me and my peers adapt into uni lifestyle her lectures are always light-hearted and enjoyable. I find her stories and anecdotes interesting and educational. I believe she has been a great help into me and my class mates as she always has a smile on her face and a positive attitude and a smile can go such a long way. Beth has really inspired and helped me since starting uni and she continues to do this with every session we have. She deserves this award as she always has a positive outlook on teaching and always comes prepared and with her best foot forward her lectures are never dull."
Carla Avery (Nursing, Midwifery & Allied Health)
"Carla always supports our learning needs and adapts lessons to make sure that we all understand and learn as best as we can. She encourages us to understand and use our strengths to help us academically. She also raises our level of learning far above what is necessary and helps us to develop skills that will benefit us long after we've completed our degrees both professionally and personally. Carla maintains a collaborative, open and diverse learning environment and always demonstrates amazing leadership, patience and communication skills.
We learn far more from Carla than what we need to pass our exams. Carla is an incredible asset to the University and all of us Midwifery students and I'm so very grateful that she's developed such an incredible Midwifery program and that we have a Uni that has supported her to build a team and a course that teaches to such an exceptional standard."
Rafid Al-Khannak (Creative & Digital Industries)
"Rafid deserves a recognition as making a huge difference in students' experience. His quality of teaching is incomparable to anybody else's, it is way above the standard. Every lecture is filled with practical examples and connected directly to the industry, making it clear why the material is being taught and how students can use this knowledge in future employment. Material is discussed in a relation to the opportunities that module opens, Rafid encourages students to dive deeper into the material and certify themselves to improve their value in the job market. Rafid does not avoid difficult questions; he actively encourages students in each session to "put him in the corner" and bring the most difficult questions students can think of. He makes sure everybody understands the discussed points and offers additional explanation if required.
Rafid encourages all students to actively participate in the session by asking them questions, which results in many students discovering their capabilities also students’ self-confidence is improved. A lot of attention is being paid to use of the right vocabulary during discussion, so that students present their knowledge in a professional manner and are ready for entering job market once they graduate. Rafid provides a lot of support. Whenever students have any issue, he promptly helps out if possible, if not, then he points the case to the people who can help. He is an immense help for the entire student group and all of them would like to see university celebrate all the effort he puts in his work."
Allison Savory (Human and Social Sciences)
"Allison is an amazing lecturer, she provides really interesting lessons, where we can have debates and discussions, and provides us with lots of interesting information!
When I first started Uni, I wasn't too sure about the criminal law and justice lectures I was going to be having, but Allison has ended up making it one of my favourite lessons to attend! She is an amazing tutor and clearly really passionate about the subject she teaches. I always come out of her classes feeling invigorated and wanting to find out more about what I have just learnt!
Thank you Allison for being an amazing tutor!"
Sarah Ireland (Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health)
"Sarah has been amazing throughout this academic year already. Students have described her as consistently helpful and quick to respond to any and every query. No Problem seems to be too big and she is always there to help support students in any way she can. Sarah provides great communication; her responses are prompt and to the point, which students find extremely beneficial. She has also been described as very interactive and engaging in lectures, with students always looking forward to her sessions. Sarah is a great asset to the university and has been consistent support for the nursing students during a few particularly challenging years - this deserves celebrating."
Ravi Chawla (Business & Law)
"We would like to say a big thank you to Ravi Chawla an Associate Lecturer who has demonstrated excellence and innovation in student learning support this year through moving around the timetabled teaching sessions to provide extra sessions for students who have teaching on a Wednesday afternoon to allow them to partake in co-curricular activity on a Wednesday afternoon whilst dually enabling students who commute in from a long distance and have caring commitments not being affected by an earlier start. Ravi is providing personal exclusive seminars to students who may miss out on teaching due to partaking in sport on a Wednesday afternoon. Many thanks to Ravi for going beyond what is expected to support the student experience."