On Wednesday night I attended the annual Guild Awards. A glittering affair well attended by senior university staff, but most importantly by students representing societies that had been nominated by a record number of students for an award.
This event always leaves me in awe of the fantastic things our students do to represent their fellow students to the university, to participate and lead in volunteering, in the arts, in the university community and the wider Liverpool community.* The sheer number and variety of societies and activities students engage in shows the Guild going from strength to strength now that its back in Mountford Hall.
I want to pick out the Guild’s Student Led Teaching Awards. This is new for 2015. Apparently lots of staff were nominated for the ‘highest standard of teaching support’ which shows how much students appreciate the extra mile that so many of their tutors go.
The three nominees from each faculty were:
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Nikolas Gjogkas; Dr Amel Alghrani; Dr Mike Rowe
Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
Dr Laura Soulsby; Prof. Stuart Carter; Alison Reid
Faculty of Science and Engineering
Dr Jonathan Green; Dr Gita Sedghi; Dr Paul Williamson
I am not going to report on who won (that is reported on the Guild web site) partly because recognition by your own students is one of the best accolades any university teacher can have and getting the award is a cherry on the cake**, and partly because we could all do well to remind ourselves of the wider university that our students experience, so go to the site to find out.
The event was fun, friendly and uplifting. A huge congratulations from CLL to everyone who worked so hard to make it happen, and to all those who were nominated for an award.
* I can’t resist making the observation that a large proportion of the people going up to the stage were female.
** Cakes, by the way, courtesy of the Guild ‘Bake Society’.