I was pleased to receive another Teaching Award this year, namely a Faculty Inspirational Teaching Award. The students here comment on good teachers and vote for staff. It is a good idea that we have been trying in our University now for a few years, along with other Awards. The students said:
1. How he looks at you as a student and try’s to motivate and get you thinking.
His innovationto get you working is key and gets me working.
2. His life and career has been so varied and incredible,I love hearing about what he has done
in his life as it has giving me such incredible ideas as to what I can do.
3. He has provided amazing support in terms of helping with not just his lesson work but other seminars as well and has such wide knowledge of every department. He’s fantastic. Most fascinating teacher who engaged me into the course.
4. A brilliant, inspiring and motivational teacher.
It is a good feeling to help and inspire others. This picture shows our Dean of Faculty (for Sheffield Business School) awarding the certificate.
I gave a tribute to my dad at his funeral this week: he was an inspirational teacher and the local paper did a full page on him at his retirement many years ago, and then the paper produced a recent ‘tribute’ to him, about his contribution to the profession. He helped and inspired so many people, and produced some top class football players also. Gary Stanley ex-Chelsea player was at the funeral and so were many other ex pupils from the school where he taught. I also found out that my dad played for Nottingham Forest at times whilst he was a student – I didnt know this!
Teaching and learning are in the blood, I guess?
I am hoping to deliver more higher education lecturer development programmes this year, and there are more planned for next June (2015|) in Malaysia annd elsewhere. I am also currently working with the Ministry of Education in Singapore on exciting co-curricular developments, and learning from experience……I will be travelling out to Singapore in October to deliver a keynote and a number of workshops. This will be my 23rd visit to Singapore, and I am really looking forward to seeing some of my friends out there.