Senior Lecturer, Dr Avril Mewse, has been awarded 'Tutor of the Year Award' by the Students Guild.

'Tutor of the Year Award' for Psychology.

Senior Lecturer, Dr Avril Mewse, has been awarded 'Tutor of the Year Award' by the Students Guild.

The brilliance of lecturers and support staff at the University of Exeter was recognised at an inaugural Teaching Awards ceremony on 5th May. The Teaching Awards, developed by Students’ Guild Education Officer Llywelyn Morris, are the first time students at the University of Exeter have been able to formally recognise outstanding teaching and support.

The competition which drew nearly 2000 nominations which were received for five awards categories: Feedback-er of the Year; Innovative Teacher of the Year; Lecturer of the Year; Support Staff Member of the Year; and Tutor of the Year. Llywelyn Morris said, ‘The Teaching Awards recognise, celebrate and promote excellent teaching. They are about giving students a chance to acknowledge best practice, and saying ‘thank you’ to staff who go above and beyond what is expected of them.’

Students were asked to explain their nominations and these were put forward to student academic representatives who submitted their subject’s leading lights to a panel who came up with shortlists of ten for each category.

Comments made by students about staff members during the nomination process were overwhelmingly positive. One student nominating Psychology’s Dr Chris Longmore said: "A great inspiration! He’s engaging, funny, friendly and approachable. He clearly loves his subject and loves teaching it."

When asked about her award Dr Avril Mewse said, ‘The ‘tutor of the year’ award means a great deal to me. I am absolutely delighted and somewhat overwhelmed to have received it. It’s particularly special because it comes from my students taking the time to vote for me. My own experience as a mature student at Exeter in the early 1990’s showed me how important personal tutors are to the whole University experience. I always make it clear to my students that I am available to them and that if they need to see me they just have to email or drop by my office."

Date: 25 May 2010

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