Deaf Studies Lecturer Avril Langard-Tang won the accolade 'Inspirational Lecturer of the Year' at the Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Staff Excellence on 17 June.
The 'Inspirational Lecturer of the Year' is nominated by students as part of the annual Student Satisfaction Survey. It is for 'an individual who has demonstrated their commitment to enriching the learning experience through creative and stimulating teaching, learning and assessment methods.' The Awards for Staff Excellence have six categories. Nominees in the majority of categories have been determined by staff nominating their peers. Inspirational Lecturer of the Year is the only category nominated by students.
Students were full of praise for Avril – she has inspired them and is 'fantastic' in the classroom, taking time to ensure each and every student is empowered to reach their full potential. Her teaching recognises everyone’s strengths and weaknesses, and supports each individual to be confident and successful. Her lectures are 'exciting' and she quickly breaks down any communication barriers, acting as a positive role model for our students.
The Staff Awards are an opportunity to celebrate and reward those who have worked tirelessly across the organisation over the past 12 months to provide an outstanding experience for our students.
Avril joined Business School lecturer Janet Firth amongst the winners, representing the success of the Faculty of Social Sciences.
Dean of Faculty, Micael Barden said:
'I am delighted to say that at the excellence awards ceremony the Faculty triumphed, taking home two of the six awards available.
'I am sure you will want to join me in congratulating Jan Firth from the Business School who won the outstanding manager of the year award and Avril Langard-Tang from Deaf Studies who won the Inspirational Lecturer of the Year award.
'It is a great achievement for both individuals and further evidence of the depth of talent in the Faculty as a whole. Many congratulations to Avril and Jan.'