Golden Roses Preston

Preston Golden Roses

 

Watch out Hollywood, the real awards season is about to hit UCLan with the 15th Annual Golden Roses Student Lead Teaching Awards.

Each year, we ask students to nominate UCLan Staff members for several awards to celebrate the hard work of staff, as well as helping us to understand what a quality student experience at UCLan looks like from the students’ perspective. This year we are fully bringing School President of the Year, Course Representative of the Year and Academic Society of the Year into our awards to show the importance of partnerships between University Staff and Students.

If a staff member has shone ‘bright like a diamond’ – nominate them. If a department has been ‘simply the best’ – nominate them. If a School President or Course Representative has been your ‘bridge over troubled water’ – then nominate them – because we want to know!

The Golden Roses nominations open on February 26th and close at 12pm on March 27th. The Preston Awards will be presented with an extravagent evening awards ceremony in our SU building on April 16th. We hope to have the shortlist announced shortly after the nomination close date.

 

Golden Roses 2024 Nomination form

 

Award Categories

 

 

This award is for a Lecturer that has made a significant contribution to the academic experience. Do they use innovative teaching methods? Do they adapt their teaching style to students’ needs? Is your lecturer passionate about their subject? Are they genuinely excited to teach and engage you? Do they enthuse you with their knowledge and readily acknowledge your input?

 

This award recognises the contribution to the student experience from those people who work behind the scenes. A positive learning experience relies on constant support provided to students on a day-to-day basis from a range of university staff. Whether this is a department administrator, a team of support staff, a technician, a cleaner, a group of campus security or anyone who has had a significant impact on the student experience, but who would ordinarily go unnoticed. This is an award for non-teaching staff and is open to both individual staff members and teams.

 

This award recognises the UCLan Course Team that has made a significant positive contribution to the academic experience, by working together to provide a consistent experience throughout all levels of the course, as well as working with students as participants and active learners. Does your course operate excellent assessment and feedback practices? Is it well organised and managed with clear and consistent communication? Do they utilise innovative and engaging teaching methods?

 

This award recognises a member of staff that firmly considers students’ needs and takes the necessary steps to allow all students to maximise their experiences. Does this lecturer take a flexible approach to teaching that is inclusive and diverse, engaging in a curriculum that is representative of all communities? For example, do they promote authors and researchers from a diverse background? Does this lecturer full consider the reasonable adjustments of students and try to utilise different and accessible ways of assessment? This staff member may have made alternative arrangements, understanding of your personal circumstances and gone the extra mile to present lectures in ways to meet the students’ different needs and learning styles.

 

This award is for the University Service that has made a significant positive contribution to the student experience. Whether it was a visit to a Hub, having a bite to eat, studying in the library or seeking help from one of the numerous support services available. The winner of this award will have maintained service delivery by showing through continuous enhancement or new innovative activities that clearly have student needs in mind. This is an award for non-teaching staff.

 

This award recognises a member of staff that goes above and beyond to promote a fantastic student experience. They will support students with their personal and professional development, including skills in self-awareness, reflection and action planning. Are they approachable, accessible, and proactive in offering academic support to students by recognising them as individuals? Do they support international students through their first steps in UK Higher Education? Do they appropriately signpost students to the relevant services? This award is for teaching staff, including Personal Tutors and Achievement Coaches.

 

This award recognises that assessment and feedback are essential part of the learning experience. Good assessment is innovative, challenging, and tied to real-world experiences and practices. Good feedback isn’t just a grade, but it explains what you have done well and what you need to improve next time. Did one of your modules have particularly valuable, thought-provoking and diverse assessment methods? Was your feedback personalised to you? Was it clear, consistent, timely and did it help you achieve a better grade in your next assignment? Did it provide you with positive as well as constructive feedback to support your academic confidence? Were you offered the opportunity to meet with the tutor to discuss your feedback further? Did you receive any signposting support as part of your feedback?

 

This award recognises a staff member (or student) that has made a significant contribution to either the academic or student experience of postgraduate students, whether through assessment and feedback practices, innovative teaching methods, or by responding to students’ experiences and needs through supportive supervision. This award is for any staff member (or student) that supervises, supports and/or teaches postgraduate students.

 

This award recognises a member of staff who takes a particular focus on using real life examples in their teaching, helping students develop as professionals and preparing them for their future careers. Has your lecturer provided opportunities for you to experience a professional environment and enhanced your employability? Have they made connections between their teaching and career pathways in the type of assessments you completed, creating practical elements for you to improve upon key skills? Have they provided hands-on support in terms of finding a placement opportunity?

 

This award recognises a staff member who has made an outstanding impact on the student experience and positively contributes to the experience of those around them. Do they actively seek student feedback to shape the course/module/teaching practice? Are they engaging with Student Voice mechanisms and providing feedback on your ideas? Do they promote Course Rep opportunities and speaking with your representatives?

 

This award recognises the School President which has been consistently active over the year, voicing the opinions of all students within their school by regularly meeting with senior staff, union officers and course reps. They will have been actively engaged with students’ council and have responded to feedback when arisen by demonstrating good organisation and communication skills as well as effectively closing the feedback loop. They are an ambassador of the Union at school’s level and vice versa. This award is for any School President who is currently elected by UCLan SU.

 

This award recognises the Course Representatives which has been consistently active over the year, voicing the opinions of all students within their school by regularly meeting with senior staff, union officers and course reps. They will have been actively engaged with students’ council and have responded to feedback when arisen by demonstrating good organisation and communication skills as well as effectively closing the feedback loop. They are an ambassador of the Union at school’s level and vice versa. This award is for any Course Representative who is currently elected and supported by UCLan SU.

 

This award is for a society which has successfully and enthusiastically operated outside their course to form a community of students all passionate about the same subject. Do you know of an academic society that: Is passionate about their subject alongside their studies? Enhances the learning experience of those on a particular course? Provides opportunities for networking and socialising outside of the classroom? Is welcoming to students from outside of their discipline to allow for collaboration and cross-course learning? This award is for any Academic Society that is currently affiliated and supported by UCLan SU.

 

The total nominations for each school are evaluated and interpreted to show which school has the best provision for its students. The School with the highest engagement in the main elections will be at least shortlisted in this category.

 

Golden Roses 2024 Nomination form

 

 

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