Moray lecturers come out top in annual student awards

Annie Lamb and Gill Berkeley

Two lecturers at Moray College have been honoured by their University Student Association for their work at the Elgin campus.

Students described Gill Berkeley as being “among the best tutors” in their fifth annual awards while they described Annie Lamb as “thoroughly deserving” of her award in the ‘Best assessment feedback’ category.

Gill, from Elgin, was named as the ‘most engaging video conference tutor’ in the University of the Highlands and Islands awards.

In a testimony on the assistant director of curriculum and quality one student wrote: “Gill is among the best tutors for delivering lectures over video conference.

“She always engages with students around the network, continually asking for and getting their input. She never forgets that, not only does she have students at other centres, but also students that dial in from home.”

Annie recently retired to her home in Huntly and was described by a student nomination as “consistent with both the style and quality of the feedback given”.

On being told of her award Annie said: “It’s wonderful to find that my feedback is appreciated. My thanks to the students who understood that I wasn’t just picking holes in their work!”

The University of the Highlands and Islands was one of the first institutions to work with the Higher Education Academy and National Union of Students to introduce student-led teaching awards. They have since been adopted throughout most of the United Kingdom.

University of the Highlands and Islands Student Association president Rachel Parker said: “It is truly inspiring to judge the UHISA awards.

“They celebrate excellence within the university, enabling students to commend those whose dedication has benefited them in their time studying here and they demonstrate how much students value being able to provide positive feedback.

“I would like to congratulate all the winners as students have such a vital role in the function of a university and we appreciate this opportunity to reward those that have made the experience of students an excellent one.”

Dr Iain Morrison, dean of students at the university, added: “These awards are highly valued by the recipients because they are chosen by the people who matter most to them – our students.

“Each winner, and the many other nominees, should be proud of the transformative influence of their work that has been recognised by learners in our region.”

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