This page is here to provide details about the awards criteria for Staff and Students Awards.
To nominate visit www.abersu.co.uk/celebrates.
Lecturer of the Year
Awarded to a lecturer who makes a significant contribution to the academic experience of students, whether inspiring students with a passion for the subject, energising the lecture room or going above and beyond to make your classes engaging. This person will epitomise what it means to have an Aberystwyth University education.
Support/Service Staff Member of the Year
Your university experience isn’t just confined to your lectures. This award recognises those members of the university community who provide outstanding support or enhance your experiences outside of the classroom. This might be the porter who deals with your noise complaint, to the barista in Tamed Da who serves your 9am latte.
Academic Representative of the Year
This award recognises an Academic Representative who has been consistently active throughout the year. They effectively voice the opinions of all students on their course, regularly attend SSCCs, feed-back information to their peers and demonstrate great organisational and interpersonal skills.
Student Volunteer of the Year
Awarded to an individual whose volunteering has had a clear and tangible impact on their group, project or cause. They will have shown a high level of commitment and be a positive role model for student volunteering and AberSU.
Volunteer Officer of the Year
Recognises the contribution of one of our Volunteer Officers to the development of the University and/or Union. They will have actively represented their peers, engaged with and improved the student experience using student feedback.
Student Mentor of the Year
This award recognises the important role of mentors in supporting students and helping inspire and motivate them throughout their course. Good mentors demonstrate empathy with their mentees, provide an environment that encourages questions and have knowledge of their department and a range of university services.
Supervisor of the Year (Postgraduate)
Awarded to a member of staff who gives outstanding supervision to a postgraduate dissertation or thesis. This may be through showing passion for your research, giving objective advice which provides a clear direction for work, promoting opportunities for professional development or outstanding mentoring.
Supervisor of the Year (Undergraduate)
This award recognises a lecturer who provides outstanding supervision for an undergraduate dissertation or project. This may be by providing exceptional guidance, motivation or feedback which inspires passion for the subject.
Department of the Year
This category recognises a department (or Institute) which makes exceptional positive contributions to the academic experience of its students. Staff work together to provide a welcoming environment and a high standard of learning, teaching and support. It recognises a department that students are proud to be part of.
Hyrwyddwr Iaith Gymraeg (Welsh Language Champion)
This award acknowledges those members of staff across all departments and roles who make the Welsh language and cultural experience of Aberystwyth University ‘da iawn’. They champion Welsh in everything they do and inspire students to take Welsh further.
Postgraduate Teacher of the Year
It’s not just lecturers who positively impact upon your academic experience. Many postgraduates take on teaching responsibilities in addition to their full-time study. This award recognises a postgraduate student who makes an outstanding contribution when teaching, leading a seminar or demonstrating.
Innovative Teaching Award
This award recognises a member of staff who demonstrates innovative and valuable approaches to delivering lectures, introducing original styles of teaching to inspire and engage students.
Personal Tutor of the Year
This award recognises a personal tutor who is passionate about helping students and ensuring their time at university is the best it can be. This member of staff provides excellent levels of pastoral care, support and guidance.
Outstanding Feedback Award
This member of staff provides personalised feedback which isn’t just a mark but explains what you have done well and what you need to do to improve next time and may be in a non-traditional format. This feedback helps you to constantly improve during your time at Aberystwyth University.
Next Step Award
This award recognises a staff member in any department who has helped to prepare you for life after university. They help shape a student’s future ambitions and enable them to realise their full potential. The winner of this award uses their knowledge, experience, time and connections to support and equip students to their next step in life.
Leading Equality Award
This award recognises a member of the University community, staff or student, who epitomises the ideals that are the cornerstones of the university. They uphold and champion equal opportunities for all students, regardless of their background or current situation.
This award may be given at the discretion of the panel to recognise the outstanding work of a member of the University community who has contributed to a students’ experience. but does not fit into one of the other categories.
To nominate visit www.abersu.co.uk/celebrates.