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EUSA Teaching Awards - 2016 Winners

SPS in Practice wins Best Course award at the 2016 EUSA Teaching Awards.

SPS did particularly well in this year's EUSA Teaching Awards, achieving more nominations than any other School and reaching the shortlist in four different categories including Best Student Who Tutors, Innovative Assessment, Best Support Staff and Best Course.

Congratulations must go to the team behind our SPS in Practice course which won the award for Best Course and was runner up for the Innovative Assessment award. 

The underlying framework for SPS in Practice was created by Professor Fiona Mackay, Head of School, to enable student-faculty collaboration on teaching and learning, research and public engagement. In 2015/16, Dr. Meryl Kenny (PIR) then piloted the course with a group of twelve 4th year students from SPS and PPLS, who were tasked with co-creating interactive learning resources for the Ordinary course Understanding Gender in the Contemporary World.

Other members of SPS staff narrowly missed out on awards including Alex Gapud who was runner up in the Best Student Who Tutors category and Sue Renton who was runner up in the Best Support Staff category.

EUSA's Teaching Awards are designed to recognise the teachers, support staff, and peer support leaders who have made an enormous positive impact on students' learning experiences at The University of Edinburgh. The awards are voted for and judged by students themselves, making them especially important.

The event provided a great opportunity to unite students and staff and to showcase the strength of teaching within the University and within our School. We are proud that our staff have again been recognised for their continual hard work and for their commitment to the student experience.

Full details of the 2016 awards can be found on the EUSA website.

Photographs from the event can be found on Facebook.

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