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Friday 23 May 2014

Toni Pearce speaks at STAR Awards

Toni Pearce, President of the National Union of Students (NUS), was keynote speaker at this year’s Solent Teaching and Recognition (STAR) Awards – a student-led initiative at Southampton Solent University to recognise staff for their outstanding contribution to teaching and support.

Nominated and voted for by students, the awards recognise the high level of commitment shown by staff at Solent – emphasising not just academic excellence but also the passion and sensitivity of support staff.

“I was really pleased to be asked to speak at these awards,” NUS President Toni Pearce said. “It’s not just about ticking a box – it’s far more in-depth, and celebrates students’ learning experiences.”

Featuring live music from students on Solent’s popular music performance degree, the awards evening recognised excellence in seven areas, including the two new categories of Outstanding Teaching and Excellent Support Service.

A panel of students and staff assessed all 128 nominations to decide on a shortlist of candidates for the event, and a student statement about each of the nominees was read out before the winner was announced.

The winners were:

Outstanding Teaching Award

Nicola Chamberlain, Senior Lecturer in Fine Arts

Outstanding Feedback Award

Mike Bastin, Senior Lecturer in Marketing

Excellent Academic Support Award

Peter Akrill, Senior Lecturer Games Programming

Best Supervisor Award

Dominic Cunliffe, Senior Lecturer Sport Coaching/Fitness

Supporting the Student Voice Award

Matt Johnson, Senior Lecturer Sport

Supporting the Learning through Technology Award

Sally Holland, Senior Lecturer in Communication

Outstanding Employability Support Award

Jennifer Muskett, Senior Lecturer in Computing

Excellent Support Service Award

Dr Carina Buckley, Learning Skills Tutor

Solent Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Jane Longmore, who closed the ceremony, said: “This event shows higher education at its very best – as recognised by students, who always have been at the heart of our University. It’s great to see such a strong relationship between the University and its Students’ Union in this celebration of staff achievement.”

The ceremony took place on Wednesday 21 May 2014.

The STAR awards are funded by the NHS and Higher Education Academy, and hosted at Solent Conference Centre.