Sian Rees honoured with Distinguished Teaching Award
Swansea University Lecturer Sian Rees has been presented with the Distinguished Teaching award which marks recognition by their peers and students of their exceptional achievements in teaching.
Sian Rees is a tutor in Media Studies in the College of Arts and Humanities. One student nomination referred to her as “Superwoman” for her organisational skills and her consistently high levels of teaching and this was supported by more students and colleagues alike.
The award was 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 Monday 18 July.
Professor Davies said “It is an important feature of Swansea University degree ceremonies that, while celebrating the success of our students, we find time to acknowledge some of the outstanding staff who have contributed to this success. For a few minutes we turn the spotlight on a Distinguished Teaching Award winner. We are justifiably proud of the high quality of student experience provided at Swansea and we find that staff, graduates and parents enjoy the opportunity to express their appreciation of the very best teaching.”
Professor John Spurr, Head of the College of Arts and Humanities commented: “Sian Rees embodies the principle that a practitioner is usually the best teacher of a subject. As a Public Relations professional, she brings to her teaching the experience of what clients really want and need, and she conveys that message with clarity, verve and passion. She has consciously made a decision to pass on her practical skills as well as her theoretical understanding on her subject and her students have benefitted immensely.
“Mrs Rees is an asset to the College of Arts and Humanities and to the University.”
Sian Rees expressed her delight at receiving the award: "I am really honoured to receive this award. The reward from teaching comes anyway from the success, enthusiasm and input of the students, as well as the supportive and progressive teaching environment we have here at Swansea, but to be nominated by students and acknowledged by colleagues is truly delightful and humbling."
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