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Distinguished Teaching Awards



Many congratulations to Dr. Sarah Gamble and Professor Jim Milton from the Department of English Language and Literature and Dr. Eddie Owens and Dr. Tracey Rihll from the Department of History and Classics who have received Distinguished Teaching Awards from Swansea University.  The awards are in recognition of the very best teaching and high quality of student experience that they have provided for the College of Arts and Humanities at Swansea University.




Swansea University awards eight Distinguished Teaching Awards and it is an excellent achievement that this year, four of the awards were made to staff in the College of Arts and Humanities.  The prestigious awards will be presented by Swansea University Vice Chancellor, Professor Richard B Davies during the annual degree and award congregation for the College of Arts and Humanities on 16th July. 



Professor Andrew Rothwell, Head of the Department of Languages, Translation and Communication,  recently attended a Translation workshop at Charles University, Prague (Czech Republic), where he presented the findings of an international survey that he has conducted into the teaching of translation technologies at Master’s level around Europe. He also gave a presentation of the group website localization project which is at the core of Swansea’s own Computer-Assisted Translation training in the MA in Translation with Language Technology. This was adopted as one of a number of good practice case studies to be disseminated under the OPTIMALE (Optimizing Translator Training) project, of which Swansea University is a member and which organised the Prague workshop.

Research News

Dr. David Bewley-Taylor, a Senior Lecturer in Political and Cultural Studies has recieved a two-year award from the Open Society Foundation for the Drug Policy Observatory project. 


Dr John Goodby, a Senior Lecturer in English Literature has recently won an award to complete a new edition of the collected poems of Dylan Thomas for publication in 2014, the centenary of Thomas's birth. The Prestigious AHRC Fellowship, worth £86,000, will enable Dr Goodby to visit holdings of Dylan Thomas manuscripts in US university libraries at Buffalo, N.Y. and Austin, Texas among other locations.


Egyptologist, Dr. Kasia Szpakowska from History and Classics is leading a multi-disciplinary research project, Cobra Figurines of Ancient Egypt and the Levant which is funded is by the British Academy and the EPSRC through the Bridging the Gaps programme. Research is undertaken using modern experimental techniques and the latest camera technology to explore breakage patterns in replica figurines.


Dr Chris Chi-Chiang Shei, Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics has been selected by the Higher Education Academy to research good practice in Chinese language teaching and to bring his first-hand results and teaching materials back to the UK.


Jon Gower, who is part of our senior Creative Writing team, was declared overall winner of the Welsh language section of the Wales Book of the Year Awards. Also Gwynneth Lewis, who joins the college in October as Royal Literary Fund fellow, won the English Language poetry award. These are enormous honours (the biggest in Welsh literature) and Swansea University is the only University in Wales to claim two prizes. 


Dr Christine James from the Academi Hywel Teifi has been chosen as the next Archdruid of the Gorsedd.  This is a high-profile role in Welsh cultural circles. Special congratulations to Dr. James as she is the first female Archdruid in Gorsedd history. 


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