Tell us your story 2011

Our staff are key to students upgrading their futures, regularly exceeding expectations and putting students first. Whether it is through innovative teaching, world-leading research or award-winning student support and engagement, our staff make a real difference on a daily basis.

Here are a few examples of our staff stars who are upgrading the future of our students:

Employability Officer: Careers and Job Prospects
"Caroline has made a real difference to improving student employability since starting at the University less than a year ago. She works enthusiastically with students, colleagues and employers and always has a smile on her face."

Course Administrator, English and Media Administration
“She is an absolute superstar course administrator.” "Students can rely on her for professional and personal support."

Senior Lecturer
"Encourages maximum student engagement and enhances the students’ learning experience with interactive material on Moodle."

Senior Lecturer
"Encourages and pushes students to think outside the box. Uses podcasts for lectures; gives moral support and encouragement, and constantly keeps students informed of graduate employment opportunities."

Library Liaison
"Goes that one step further to ensure that the Libraries at Margaret Street and Gosta Green are enjoyable places to study."

Employment Zone Officer
"Sharon has developed award-winning mentoring partnerships between the University students and employers to enhance employability."

Lecturer
"Has developed and piloted innovative assessments which use learning technology to create a feedback-enriched learning experience."

Work Experience Coordinator
"A true example of recruiting our own talent - University graduate, Warren now ensures valuable work experience is always available to our students and graduates by developing opportunities with key companies like West Midlands Police and Jaguar Land Rover."

Academic Skills Tutor
"Committed to raising student achievement and success, Nicola is determined to develop a faculty-wide online resource to help students at all levels of study develop their academic skills and research methods ability."

International Admissions Officer
"Peter is recognised for his commitment to the International student experience through enhancing student recruitment and admissions."

Senior Lecturer in Simulation Skills and Learning
"Lindsay’s determination and ambition is evident in what she has achieved. She has just finished her Master’s qualification and has played an integral part in the creation of the health learning facility SPACE - passing her enthusiasm onto students whenever she can."

FINALIST

Senior Lecturer, Health
"Marie has worked extremely hard to ensure that the needs of people with learning disabilities continue to be highlighted and met through new and exciting methods of teaching and engaging students."

Lecturer in Visual Communication
"Absolutely dedicated to innovating new ways for students to develop their employment and graphic potential."

Lecturer in Visual Communication
"Clive chairs the international and national congress on advertising employment and is a long-standing asset to the University with an outstanding track record in every role."

Lecturer in Visual Communication (Illustration)
"He has led a talented team of illustration staff to create one of the most highly respected courses in the UK, attracting massive numbers of students year on year; a testimony to his efforts in course development and student experience."

Lecturer in Visual Communication
"Ever open to new ways to improve the offer to our students, John is always connected to industry and loved by all the students - he has developed a great connection to his own work and his career as a teacher."

Lecturer in Visual Communication (Animation)
"Animation, moving image and looking after international students are the main concerns for this hard working and totally inspired member of staff."

Lecturer in Visual Communication
"Called a 'sublime talent' by colleagues, Rob leads an internationally recognised BA degree and is outstanding in his teaching."

Lecturer in Visual Communication
"Ros is outstanding as both a teacher and champion of industry links - she is the queen of advertising, there is no one that is anyone in international adverting that Ros does not know and who does not respect her. She brings this to the University and injects it into the core of our courses and in to the souls of our students."

Senior Lecturer
"Single-handledly created networks with European universities and companies to give students the opportunities for overseas work experience."

IT team, Gosta Green
"Treating everyone with respect, Peter and the IT team at Gosta Green are friendly, helpful, polite and have a great sense of humour; students always go away satisfied with the answers!"

ELSS
"Door is always open for advice and personal guidance with student work."

“She goes the extra mile to aid the students’ experience.”

Head of School, Computing
"Mak has been instrumental in making our students ‘future-proof’ by bringing together in excess of 25 Cisco partners annually to recruit and highlight employable skills for computing students."

Student Communications Officer, Business School
"Helping ease the transition into University for new students, offering academic advice, guidance and support."

School of Art
"Encourages a supportive and caring environment for all students."

Senior Academic, Health
"Research has changed the behaviour of students in patient handling by giving individual feedback on posture and positioning."

Criminology
"Deserves recognition for his continuous efforts to engage Criminology students in a more practical style of learning through the implementation of ‘real-world’ placements."

FINALIST

Senior Lecturer, Nursing and Midwifery
"A mentor and long-time believer in the value of embedding student employability in the curriculum, Nathalie has enriched many nurses’ futures."

Senior Lecturer/Course Leader, Built Environment
Students credit their final results to Matthew’s exceptional lecturing techniques and support, eg “Thank you for what was an excellent module and for broadening a planner's perspective on the world of property investment!”

Lecturer in Law
"Moral support and encouragement – just two of the reasons why Emma is the first port of call for students."

Associate Dean
"Putting students at the heart of everything we do."

Director of Learning and Teaching
"Pioneer of award-winning student engagement."

Lead Technician for School of Visual Communication
"Has been a constant support and inspiration to students through collaborative projects; committed to improving facilities and the learning environment for students."

Reader in Bioenergy and Biorefining
"Shaping the national green agenda."

Professor of Spatial Planning and Governance
"Boldly going where planners and policy need to go."

Director of the Centre for American Legal Studies
"Pro bono hero for support of social justice and international human rights."

Senior Lecturer
"A combination of life experience and energy mean students have a fun and fulfilling learning experience."

Lecturer in Radio and Music Industries
"Connects students with music industries."

Associate Dean
"Bringing industry to the classroom."

Course Director
"First woman/academic appointed President of the Royal Institute of British Architects."

Lecturer and Director of Mooting
"Putting the Law School on the map by leading Mooting Society to success."

WINNER

Employment Zone Co-ordinator
"Goes that extra mile in student support."

Professor of Health Sociology
"Leading research in women’s health."

Senior Lecturer in Marketing Communications
"Teaching enriched with international industry experience."

Head of School of Jewellery
"Making a partner of leading jewellery brand Cartier."

Acting Head of Department
"Enhancing employability with practitioner philosophy."