The Goldsmiths Student-Led Teaching Awards celebrate outstanding teaching and the staff members who make Goldsmiths what it is. Students nominate any University staff member, either academic or non-academic, in six distinct categories, including inspiring teaching, use of research, and non-academic staff going above and beyond for students. All nominations were considered by a panel of students. Check out the video of the 2021 Student-Led Teaching Awards below.
Criteria for the Awards
There were six awards available. They are:
CATEGORY ONE: Challenging and Inspirational Teaching
This can be for a lecturer, seminar, workshop or class leader who encourages self learning, debate and critical thinking amongst students, whether that’s through their extensive knowledge of the subject, challenging perspective, engaging style, or simply their keenness to teach.
And the winner is... Akanksha Mehta!
CATEGORY TWO: Outstanding Use of Research in Teaching
This is for an academic staff member (including postgraduate students who teach) who has involved students in their research, this could be through teaching their research to students or involving students in the practical element of their research including its publication. Both research and practice are eligible
And the winner is... Shela Sheikh!
CATEGORY THREE: Outstanding content that embeds decolonising the curriculum principles
This is for an academic staff member (including postgraduate students who teach) who has embedded the principles of decolonising the curriculum in their teaching. Examples of this could be diverse reading list contents, use of theory and utilising student recommendations in the reading list.
And the winner is... Louise Chambers!
CATEGORY FOUR: Outstanding use of technology in teaching
This award is for innovative use of technology in teaching or teaching-related activities. It could be for a taught module or something extra, such as the Academic Skills Centre or Library. It can be for academic or non-academic staff. This can include or extend beyond the use of Goldsmiths’ Virtual Learning Environment, Learn.gold. It could include such things as online quizzes, discussions, games, videos, virtual reality, interactive personalised learning pathways.
And the winner is... Dan McQuillan!
SPECIAL NON TEACHING CATEGORY FIVE: Non-academic or support service who has gone above and beyond
This is an award for a support, administrative or professional services (non-academic) staff member who has consistently gone above and beyond the call of duty to help and support the student body. This can be awarded to non-teaching staff within and outside of academic departments.
And the winner is... joint Paula Ktorides & Vivien ten Have!
CATEGORY SIX: Outstanding contributions to helping foster communities (teaching or non-teaching staff)
This award is for any member of staff that has been instrumental in helping to foster a sense of community in their department and/or beyond. They may have devised or supported societies, events, initiative or activities that contribute to a culture of belonging at Goldsmiths, even reaching out to the local community. For example, a member of staff may have provided a particularly effective means for bringing students together using learn.gold forums. They may have helped organise study groups or social groups. They might be particularly skilled at helping to conduct ice breakers so that a cohort of students get to know one another and feel like part of a community. This award can also be awarded to non-teaching staff within and outside of academic departments.
And the winner is... Leanne Benford!