College staff awarded at Swansea University SALT Conference

Staff from the College of Human and Health Sciences were commended at Swansea University’s Swansea Academy of Learning and Teaching (SALT) Conference last week, with three members of staff being recognised for their contribution to learning, teaching and student support.

Ms Michele Raithby and Dr Vicky Lovett won the Excellence in Learning and Teaching Award (ELTA) while Maria Davis won the Excellence in Student Support Award (ESSA).

Vicky is a Lecturer in the Psychology Department and Director of the Swansea Playlab.  She said: “I enjoy what I teach and use my own examples from research, which I think helps to put the content into context. I also genuinely care for the students' welfare and feel pastoral care is a big part of our jobs. I felt very grateful and happy to win the award and believe it wouldn't be possible without the support of my colleagues as well as the students.”

Senior Lecturer in Social Work, Michele said:  “Being nominated by students for an ELTA is a real privilege and a delight. In tandem with my team colleagues, I thoroughly enjoy working with our students as they develop as professional social workers. The students' enthusiasm also fuels my own; it is a two-way stretch.”

Maria Davis is the Post Graduate Research administrator at the College. She said: “I was both surprised and delighted to have been nominated for, and awarded, the ESSA award.  Receiving the award is such a great honour, and the fact that the nominations came directly from the students makes the award more meaningful.”

Michelle Lee, Deputy Head of College for Learning and Teaching, said: “Maria was nominated by our postgraduate research students for her commitment to our PGR community, her professionalism, and the support she gives to individual students particularly when they have to negotiate the many challenges that come with completing a PhD.

“Michele Raithby and Vicky Lovett both received awards for their excellent work with students. They were recognised not just for their ability to communicate their subject with flair and passion, but also their outstanding support of the professional and personal development of students. Well done Maria, Michele and Vicky!”

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