Staff recognised at the Learning and Teaching Oscars

The winners with staff from the Union

The 2013 Learning and Teaching Oscars ceremony, which recognises Heriot-Watt staff for excellent teaching and support,  took place on Wednesday 8 May.

This year's event  had a summer fete theme and the attendees, more than 75 staff, students and external guests,  enjoyed  afternoon tea and Pimms cocktails, whilst celebrating the achievements of the winners.

The winners

This year there were six awards, and the winners were:

  • The Thinkers Award - Most Challenging Lecturer, won by Suzanne Martin, Scottish Borders Campus
  • The Feedback Award - Innovative and Prompt Feedback, won by Gavin Reid, School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences
  • The Guiding Hand Award - Academic mentor/Supportive Lecturer, won by Graham Crowder, School of Engineering and Physical Sciences
  • The Refreshing Award - Most Innovative Lecturer, won by Catherine Donnelly, School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences
  • The Support Staff Award - Admin or Technical Support, won by Tony Peyton, Scottish Borders Campus
  • The Switched On Award - Exciting, Enthusiastic and Dynamic Lecturer, won by Andrew MacLaren, School of Management and Languages

The Principal also presented the Representation Team of the Year Award, which this year went to the department of Mechanical Engineering as a thank you and an acknowledgement of all the excellent work carried out by the School Officer and Class Representatives.

In addition to these awards, Pamela Scott, President of the Students Actuarial Society (SAS) gave a talk on the success of the recent SAS Annual Conference, highlighting the excellent work carried out by Academic Societies.

The future of the awards

This year the Union received 1130 nominations for the Learning and Teaching Oscars. The team is looking forward to this event continuing to grow by engaging more students next year and beyond!

For more information on the Learning and Teaching Oscars contact Denise McCaig on