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Estates Assistant in MVB wins Teaching Support Award

10 June 2016

Edward Collins, Estates Assistant in MVB was nominated by students for one of the Bristol Teaching Awards. The judging panel agreed and Edward won the prestigious Students’ Award for Outstanding Support.

The winners of the 2016 Bristol Teaching Awards, a joint venture between the University and Bristol SU (the Students’ Union), were announced at an Awards dinner, hosted by the Vice-Chancellor in the Great Hall of the Wills Memorial Building on Tuesday 7th June.

Almost 200 staff and students from across the University and Bristol SU were in attendance to hear the winners announced in each of the 16 categories. Attendees at the Awards dinner were entertained throughout the evening by student performers; jazz pianist Henry Binning, a cappella group The Bristol Suspensions and students from the School of Arts who performed an excerpt from West Side Story.

The Bristol Teaching Awards recognise and reward those members of staff who have made an outstanding contribution to teaching, providing support for students and enhancing the student learning experience.  The Estates Office is very proud of the achievement Edward has received in recognition of the outstanding support he provides to our students.  

Patrick Finch, Bursar and Director of Estates commented: "It is wonderful that Edward has been recognised in this way by the students themselves.  It is clear that he is greatly valued and respected by students, staff and visitors to the Merchant Venturers School of Engineering.  Edward sets a wonderful example for all of us to follow." 

Staff and students nominated individuals or teams for eight University Awards, judged by Professor Judith Squires, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education), and eight Students’ Awards, judged by a panel of Bristol SU Education Officers and student Senate representatives.

The winners are as follows: 

  • University Award for Education (Arts): George Ferzoco, School of Humanities (Religion and Theology)
  • University Award for Education (Biomedical Sciences): Biological Chemistry Team (Professor Leo Brady, Dr Gus Cameron and Dr Mike Jones)
  • University Award for Education (Engineering): Dr Mike Barton, Merchant Venturers’ School (Electrical and Electronic Engineering)
  • University Award for Education (Health Sciences): Dr Lesley Nolan, Centre for Comparative and Clinical Anatomy
  • University Award for Education (Science): Professor Sean Collins, School of Mathematics
  • University Award for Education (Social Sciences and Law): Professor Alvin Birdi, School of Economics, Finance and Management
  • University Award for Enhancing the Student Learning Experience: Hannah Tweddell, Bristol Students’ Union
  • University Educational Initiative Award: John Peake, Director of the University of Bristol Law Clinic
  • Students’ Award for Outstanding Teaching (Arts): Dr Florian Scheding, School of Arts (Music)
  • Students’ Award for Outstanding Teaching (Biomedical Sciences): Dr Steve Fitzjohn, School of Physiology, Pharmacology and Neuroscience
  • Students’ Award for Outstanding Teaching (Engineering): Dr Nicolas Wu, Merchant Venturers’ School (Computer Science)
  • Students’ Award for Outstanding Teaching (Health Sciences): Dr Daniel Whitcomb, School of Clinical Sciences
  • Students’ Award for Outstanding Teaching (Science): Dr Jude Laverock, School of Physics
  • Students’ Award for Outstanding Teaching (Social Sciences and Law): Dr Siobhan McAndrew, School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies
  • Students’ Award for Outstanding Supervision of Research Students: Dr Samantha Matthews, School of Humanities (English)
  • Students’ Award for Outstanding Support: Edward Collins, Estates (Merchant Venturers’ Building)

John Peake was selected from the 16 winners to receive the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Education in recognition of his outstanding work in enriching the student experience through engaged education. John was commended for the truly collaborative nature of the University of Bristol Law Clinic, involving staff, students and the public; showing what the Bristol Futures initiative should and can be.