Excellence in Learning & Teaching Awards

Recognising teaching excellence

During graduation week we not only celebrate the hard work and success of our students but also the dedication and commitment of all those involved in educating them across the university.

During Summer Graduation 2012, the Vice-Chancellor is presenting the Distinguished Teaching Award to 8 individuals, who through nomination by students and selection by a judging panel, have demonstrated the excellence of their teaching and efforts to enhance student learning.

This year we received the most nominations we have ever received for the Distinguished Teaching Award, with 126 student nominations for 85 different lecturers.

This year's recipients of Distinguished Teaching Awards are:

  • Dr Sarah Gamble, English, College of Arts and Humanities
  • Professor Jim Milton, TEFL, College of Arts and Humanities
  • Dr Eddie Owens, Classics, College of Arts and Humanities
  • Dr Tracey Rihll, Classics, College of Arts and Humanities
  • Ms Ruth Costigan, Law, College of Business, Economics and Law
  • Dr Geraint Harvey, Business, College of Business, Economics and Law
  • Mrs Simone Bedford, Nursing, College of Human and Health Sciences
  • Dr Adrian Luckman, Geography, College of Science

Maria Davis

Image of Maria Davis

Maria is the Research and Postgraduate Administrator in the College of Human and Health Sciences. She was awarded the Excellence in Student Support Award (ESSA) today (Tuesday 19 July) during the ceremony for the College of Human and Health Sciences.

Students cited her dedication, the high level of support she gives not just to the Research and Postgraduate students as a whole, but to the individuals’ welfare too; her calmness and friendly attitude and her willingness and knowledge to give them the help they need.

Dr Vicky Lovett

Image of Vicky Lovett

Dr Lovett is a lecturer in Psychology in the College of Human and Health Sciences. She was awarded the Excellence in Learning and Teaching Award (ELTA) today (Tuesday 19 July) during the ceremony for the College of Human and Health Sciences.

Students cited her clarity and supportiveness, her passion for her subject and her willingness to help her students develop. Overall she is greatly valued as a teacher by her students.

Dr Geraint Owen

Dr Geraint Owen

Dr Owen is the an Associate Professor in Geography/Geology within the College of Science, and the Swansea Academy for Learning and Teaching (SALT) Lead for the College of Science. He was awarded the Excellence in Learning and Teaching Award (ELTA) today (Wednesday 20 July) during the ceremony for the College of Science.

Students highlighted his passion and enthusiasm for the subject; what an engaging lecturer he is, how he obviously wants his students to achieve their best and the many efforts he makes to ensure that happens. Nominations described him as “fantastic” a number of times.

Dr Sean Walton

Dr Sean Walton

Dr Walton was nominated for his teaching in the College of Engineering. He is currently a lecturer with the Department of Computer Science in the College of Science.


Nominations cited that he had an excellent way of presenting the subject with clear explanations; that he was supportive and willing to help at all times; his use of technology in his lectures; and his enthusiasm which inspired and fascinated.

Mahaboob Basha

Mahaboob Basha - Mary Williams Award

Swansea University presented its Mary Williams Award which recognises individual members of staff for their contribution to the University’s culture and community through supporting the career development of colleagues and/or students with a particular focus on removing barriers that prevent development; promoting and/or providing equal opportunities for all; and supporting the University’s equality agenda to utilise all the University’s talent. The 2016 recipient of the award was Mahaboob Basha, Development Officer within Marketing, Internationalisation & Development who received his award on 22 July during the ceremony for the School of Management.