Music lecturer, Chris Foster won the award for DVC Outstanding Achievement Award at the Student Union Teaching Awards on Thursday 30th April.
Chris has said "Winning this award was a real thrill. It is so encouraging to have this kind of feedback from students and to know that the efforts we lecturers put in to our teaching are acknowledged and appreciated. Many thanks."
Student's read the following comments out on the night by the students who nominated him.
"During the course of the year he has introduced us to new topics and total new styles in a way that made the whole thing fun. I actually left the lectures wanting to know more about a totally alien subject."
"From the first lecture I looked forward to Monday mornings! As a rather mature and very hearing impaired student returning to University after a 27 year gap year, I was to be blunt, more than a little nervous. This lecturer however was fantastic, made me welcome, immediately asked what he could do to make sure everything was accessible to me and made me feel very much part of a well established group of 3rd years. His obvious love and wealth of knowledge about Ethnomusicology brought the lectures to life. His personal travels made the academic real and put so much into context that otherwise were just words on a page. No question was deemed too daft and often sparked in-depth conversions and debates that really tested our own knowledge, opinions and views on life. Having had the privilege of him as a lecturer for only 1 semester, I now have itchy feet wanting to travel to experience music in its Cultural setting for myself. No longer does YouTube seem acceptable! He made me realise that to fully feel the meaning you need to experience the whole package, and made me aware of so many genres and cultures of music I had no idea existed. The assignments, without doubt, have stretched me to question everything I thought I knew, yet I have thoroughly enjoyed all the research, reading and as much listening as I could manage that it all entailed. In fact, I usually ended up with far too much and had to be very selective, which with his excellent tutorial guidance I always seemed to manage. His enthusiasm doesn't stop in the lecture room, but carries out into Contemporary orchestra and also organised external visitors. One group invited in inspired mess much that I completely changed my dissertation following their visit, supported again by him who contacted them to see if they would be able to support my research, even though he is not my Diss tutor. As a hearing impaired music student, there have been extremely challenging times which are always fully supported and often pre-empted by this lecturer who always ensures that I am coping in lecture and with the assignments set. This consideration also continues into Contemporary Ensemble. He has been a complete inspiration to me coming back into a University environment and I cannot thank him enough for all his help and support during my top-up year.If anyone deserves this award and recognition - he does. Thank you."
You can view the other winners here