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University seeks to reward excellent practice

Posted 22 May 2014

The Aspire Excellence Awards shine a light on some of the ways in which Harper Adams staff work extraordinarily hard to ensure an outstanding student experience."

Harper Adams University has launched its annual call for nominations of staff who go beyond the call of duty to support students and who share excellent practice with colleagues.

Each year the university’s Educational Development & Quality Enhancement Department, in association with the Students’ Union, puts out a call for staff and students to nominate those who have really made a difference to their experience at Harper Adams. 

Educational Developer Lydia Arnold said: “The Aspire Excellence Awards shine a light on some of the ways in which Harper Adams staff work extraordinarily hard to ensure an outstanding student experience.

“In recent years there have been more than 90 nominations for excellent practice, which is tribute to the high standards of teaching and student support that help give the university a strong reputation for teaching quality. 

“Previous nominations have recognised staff who provide support through innovative means; staff who give excellent feedback to help learning; staff who are caring and supportive through difficult times; and staff who are warm and approachable. 

“Employees who have received nominations report that they really appreciate the recognition.”

One of the awards is sponsored by the Harper Adams Students’ Union. The SU choose a different theme each year to recognise work that is important to students and makes a difference to their university experience.  Last year the award was for student feedback and this year it will honour excellent support through the university’s virtual learning environment. 

SU Academic Officer Clare Kirby says:  “The awards are one of the ways that the SU is working more closely with the university to develop a stronger academic community. Students really value the materials staff place online to assist with learning, so the SU wants to give recognition to staff who have gone the extra mile to provide outstanding material online.”

Nominations can be anonymous and nominators can opt to share the full content of their entry with the recipient to let them see what they are doing so well and encourage them to keep doing it! 

Nominations are open to all current students and staff of the university. The awards will be presented as a special lunch on Graduation Day in September.

See last year’s winners here.  

 

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