The Union at Manchester Metropolitan University
 

Past Winners

2019 Winners:

 

Teacher of the Year
Winner: Dr Bartek Buczkowski (HPSC)

I believe that Bartek is a truly outstanding lecturer and is a real maverick and example of what a lecturer should be like. Each lecture he gives is delivered with 100% enthusiasm and it really rubs off onto each and every student. Bartek is a brilliant leader in biochemistry upon the Nutritional Sciences course and he keeps everyone engaged, interacting and learning above and beyond what is required. I definitely believe that Bartek should win this award as he is such a passionate, energetic and influential leader that every student dreams of having! We are very lucky on the Nutritional Sciences degree that he is our programme leader.

Course of the Year
Winner: MBA Degree Apprenticeship (Business and Law)

The MBA degree apprenticeship is an amazing opportunity. It enables you to develop as a senior leader and gain a masters level qualification over two years, whilst continuing to work full time. The MBA apprenticeship has a very strong, practical focus on applying the learning to the work environment. This means that both the student and employer start to benefit in a very tangible way from the outset. The teaching teams are still active in business. This enables them help students apply the academic learning to a business context, by combining the academic and practitioner perspectives (theory and case studies),

Department of the Year
Winner: Department of Social Care and Social Work (HPSC)

Under the new leadership of Dr Jennie Fisher as Head of Department of Social Care and Social Work the entire faculty has took on a new lease of life. She is an ongoing visual presence around the faculty and has met with the student groups from all cohorts since taking up post. She has made herself available to the student body and continually provides a listening ear to students. It is a wonderful experience to be surrounded by so many positive and supportive individuals which makes the student experience a truly unique one.

Outstanding Feedback
Winner: Katie Jones (Arts and Humanities) 

Katie is a fabulous mentor, role model and friend to all the 3rd year graphic designers. Having just gone through this herself, her advice is amazing, current and spot on.She gives great guidance and succeeds at putting stress of projects into context.When it comes to the feedback she offers for work, she is incredibly helpful. She gives positive opinions on your ongoing work, and provides constructive ideas for improvement. She is great for bouncing ideas back and forth with, and is never stuck for suggestions to give you. This immediate and practical feedback is invaluable.

Best Personal Tutor
Winner: Dr Melanie Hall (Education)

I feel Mel has gone above and beyond to support me throughout my time at Manchester Metropolitan University and that honestly without her support i do not feel i would have achieved half as much as i have. From the moment i arrived at University a year and half ago she created an environment that i felt comfortable and safe within which has always been something i find incredibly difficult due to a number of health issues and this allowed me to create some strong relationships with peers who have played an important role throughout my time at uni. . I feel like she gets to know all her students individual needs and is able to identify when someone may need some additional support.

Best Undergraduate Supervisor
Winner: Dr Ryan Mewis (Science and Engineering)

His enthusiasm and excitement at our findings in the lab is clear to see, and his love for chemistry and helping students (often ones who aren’t his project students) does not go unnoticed. He goes above and beyond the role of a supervisor and deserves to be recognised for the number of hours and effort he puts in to supporting myself and the rest of the research group. Ryan is a true asset to the chemistry department, and is an inspirational academic, who has dedicated hours of his time to show myself and the group, new laboratory techniques to ensure we all become more well-rounded chemists which will prepare us all well for the future.

Best Postgraduate Supervisor
Winner: Dr Ryan Mewis (Science and Engineering)

This support has not just been extended to me as his student but Ryan proactively supports the rest of the post graduates within my department – running workshops to enable them knowledge to the same thesis writing efficiencies. Ryan ensures that he provides the maximum support to as many post graduate students as he can - mechanisms such as the RD2 and RDAR allow him to formally provide constructive feedback to other students and I have often heard from my peers that they hope to receive him as a reviewer due to the in depth, through and constructive feedback he always provides. Finally as I progress towards leaving MMU and moving onto my future career Ryan has been with me every step of the way, supporting my professional development. I firmly believe that Ryan is an amazing postgraduate supervisor who has had an impact on all of the postgraduates within my faculty as addition to being my single best asset, advocate and peer through my studies.

Outstanding Innovation in Teaching
Winner: Dr Geoff Bunn, Dr Susanne Langer, Dr Andrew Stevenson and Nina Fellows (HPSC)

CHIP has without a doubt been the most innovative unit I have ever had the good fortune of attending. Where most of the psychology course is presented like college where you are given the information to learn and repeat back, CHIP truly prioritises teaching critical thinking skills above all else.In promoting critical thinking, in using unusual learning tools and experiences, in always providing an opportunity for students to personally engage with the material and challenge oversights, CHIP is without a doubt the most innovative unit I've ever taken part in.Geoff Bunn in particular regularly moves around the lecture slides freely to suit where the discussion lands, rather than the traditional format of starting at the start and plodding on towards the end.

Outstanding Teaching for Employability
Winner: The Social Work team (HPSC)

The social work team provide so many varied opportunities to prepare students for life in the real world of employment. They provide opportunity onsite for experiential learning in a simulation flat allowing for students to practice their skills in a safe learning environment. They also have provision of the simulation cave that can be used to simulate different environments for experiential learning. The social work team have taken on board feedback from students regarding anxieties around future employment prospects and opportunities. They have used this feedback to provide a plethora of employability sessions and opportunities to enable students to feel more confident and secure moving forward into the next stages of our learning and development.

Outstanding Teaching for Sustainability
Winner: Dr Paul Dewick (Business and Law)

His job at MMU goes beyond teaching. Paul strives for helping students to be more aware and involved in current issues related to climate change and the need for action. I have personally enjoyed and learnt so much from his teaching and passion about the subject. His progressiveness looks for ways to help students engage in class and encourage us to understand issues around sustainability and to form our own ideas and perspectives by researching, reading and debating with our colleagues.

 

The Union Award for Outstanding Achievement
All Cheshire campus staff

 

2018 Winners:

 

Teacher of the Year
Winner - Dr Leanne Rimmer (HPSC)

Leanne is everything you want in a tutor and more, she puts her heart and soul into everything she does. She treats all her students as equals, showing them respect and compassion,she truly understands the pressures her students face during this crucial time at university and does everything she can to make sure her students are supported. She is very approachable and is always happy to give guidance and advise. Even though she always seems to have a million things going on, her caring and considerate nature resonates in her positive attitude

Department of the Year
Winner - Department of Nursing (HPSC)

excellent staff members, friendly, helpful, supportive the whole team work hard to help nursing students to achieve. they are there when you need them and provide all possible supports that a student needs, help them towards their goal. Through out the three years of learning , I personally and professionally have achieved a lot as I can see myself as a very different person in term of confidence, skills and knowledge, which has great contribution to my future career and moving up the career ladder.

Course of the Year
Winner - BSc (Hons) Mathematics (Science and Engineering)

The course is well delivered through brilliant lecturers at different levels. The support that has been provided since I arrived at this university has been phenomenal, I always knew where to go if I needed help. I have been a course representative since 2015 and I have seen the lecturers always striving to help where students have noticed there was deficiencies. They have gone above and beyond, holding extra sessions when needed, recording their lecturers/exam questions, and creating interactive quiz's.

Outstanding Feedback
Winner - Nino Loladze (Business and Law)

Ms Nino Loladze, Has been an extremely wonderful tutor and lecturer throughout the years. I had the privilege of having Ms Nino Loladze as my personal tutor last year, tutor for international law, tutor for equity. She has been truly outstanding in all respects, the most important thing being her provision of constructive feedback allowed me to attain exceptionally high grades which would not have been possible with her detailed guidance and feedback. I am extremely grateful to the Union and management for granting me the opportunity to nominate Ms Nino for this award and I have full confidence that her achievements and contribution to all students' success will be recognised.

Best Personal Tutor
Winner - Joe Barber (Education)

Joe Barber has supported me and my cohort through the hardest year of our education. The amount of support this tutor provided was above and beyond what I expected from a university tutor. I truly believe that I am employed today because of how much support and guidance Joe provided throughout the year. Through the good days and bad whilst training Joe was the first person I would go to and he never gave up on me - even when I was close to giving up. Joe sees potential in students and nutures this fully.

Best Undergraduate Supervisor
Winner - Kay Hurst (HPSC

Kay’s warm and friendly personality has made me feel welcomed into the course since my first year in university. She shows great enthusiasm in offering guidance and support to any student who approaches her, expressing genuine concern for any problems we might have, regardless if it was academic-related or not, and tries to understand from our perspectives. Even if she is unable to provide help directly, she would go above and beyond to ensure that we get help from the right person or the right place. More significantly, she respects us as individuals, encouraging us to constantly improve ourselves and develop to our very best.

Best Postgraduate Supervisor
Winner - Professor Rebecca Lawthom (HPSC)

Rebecca is an extraordinary example of what it means to work collaboratively within the university. Through my MSc and MA courses she has consistently been available to provide feedback, advice and support for the practical elements of the courses. Her commitment to learning with others enables her to be a role model for building professional relationships across the university, and has taught me much about interpersonal skills within professional settings.

Outstanding Innovation in Teaching
Winner: - Dr Carmen Herrero (Arts and Humanities))

Carmen Herrero is a lecturer and teacher that really never stops. She works all hours of every day (and night!) to ensure that her students feel satisfied and supported. Her teaching style is incredibly engaging, the best part is that you're always included and you never know what activity or style is coming next - which is great when the topic might have been quite heavy otherwise!You're never left out in one of her classes, and I truly believe that I would've struggled in these classes without Carmen's innovative and adventurous ways of teaching what otherwise would be quite difficult content. I feel I have definitely achieved more than I ever thought I could in this unit and Carmen is to thank.

Outstanding Teaching for Employability
Winner: - Barry Harwood (Business and Law)

Barry consistently encourages and supports BPTC students, full and part-time, to explore the opportunities of professional practice at the Bar. He organises excellent additional professional training days when students can hear from established barristers about both the positive and challenging realities of practice and also hear from new practitioners about making a successful transition from student to Pupil Barrister. He generously makes himself available to advise any individual student who is considering a career at the Bar and help them to access wider networks and learning opportunities.

Outstanding Teaching for Sustainability
Winner - Tom Finbow (Cheshire)

I am nominating Tom Finbow, as he goes above and beyond expectations to try to encourage learning for outdoor studies students in a sustainable manner. When out on trips and journeys he abides by common sustainability practices and explains to students why we should follow in his footsteps - to maintain, respect and care for the environments that we as adventure/outdoor practitioners and enthusiasts will continually use for our continuous personal and careers developments. He is transforming the way we treat our environment and that will filter down into the future participants that we go onto instruct. Please highly consider Tom Finbow for this award. He does truly deserve it! Thank you, Tom!

The Union Award for Outstanding Achievement
Winner- Peggy Cooke

 

2017 Winners:

 

Teacher of the Year
Winner- Chieko Yonezawa (Arts and Humanities)

Chieko has been teaching me for the past two years (I started in Foundation year), and has never failed to go above and beyond for myself and her students. Chieko strongly believes in a sense of community within the class, and the many things this can achieve if we work together. For this reason she never fails to promote communication with peers. This is done by fluid seating to meet new people in class or arranging activities with one another outside, or going to drop in sessions. By doing this, she hopes we may be able to help one another and those who may not be comfortable approaching staff for help may turn to friends, ensuring no one is left behind in their learning.I believe it also important to point out that Chieko has also asked us all about our desire to learn Japanese and goals. She cares deeply about us as individuals, and it shows as she finds ways to help us achieve our goals.

Course of the Year
Winner- BA (Hons) Creative Writing (Cheshire campus)

I cannot say enough positive things about my course, it is hands down the best thing I have ever done and the best decision I have ever made. An important part of the course is employability. We have delved deep into the industry and various avenues we might take to turn the skills we've learned into a living. I for one feel satisfied and prepared for life beyond uni with the information I've been provided with.Overall, being on this course has given me a new lease of life. After being at somewhat of a crossroads in life, I embarked upon this journey warily, however I am dead certain in the fact that this course, with this group and these tutors is where I belong.We're not a class with students and teachers, we're a family. I wouldn't be the person I am today without this course and these teachers. My skills have improved quickly and vastly and I have a new purpose in life. I owe this to the course.

Department of the year
Winner- Department of Health Professions (HPSC)

Facilities at the Brooks building are outstanding - we always have computer space and places to do quiet work. Placements - are a great way to learn and are always enjoyable. Teaching - lectures in this profession are very experienced and enthusiastic.

Outstanding Feedback
Winner- Dr Pete Dale (Cheshire campus)

Dr. Dale has always provided excellent feedback on submissions to every one of my classmates; this has also always provided in good time according to the University's standards. He goes above and beyond the minimum requirements of student support through the provision of lengthy personal tutorial slots and the allocation of individual development time during lectures (which he uses to provide feedback that is both crucial for development, and encouraging). I strongly believe that Pete Dale is a lecturer who endeavours to prove that any student is capable of producing First-Class work if they are provided with useful and insightful feedback that continues to contribute to the development of their submissions.

Best Undergraduate Supervisor
Winner- Dr Zoe Franklin (Cheshire campus)

Zoe has been extremely supportive throughout my undergraduate project. I have struggled with my choice of undergraduate project, and Zoe has remained supportive and understanding of my many decision changes. Although she is at a much higher level than me, she has always made me feel that it is possible for me to achieve a PhD and whatever else I may wish to gain from life. . I feel that this is an invaluable trait for a supervisor, as I am still using my own brainpower without being told the answers. She always has time for me if I stop by her office, and her email responses are always within at least 24 hours. I do not think she realises how much of an impact she has had on my academic and personal development. Thank you Zoe!

Best Postgraduate Supervisor
Winner-Dr Sarah Crozier (Business and Law)

 

Last year Sarah supervised my Postgrad HRM dissertation; I studied emotional labour and burnout in the police. I have returned to study from a 15 career in the police, that was cut short due to my own levels of burnout; therefore this project was an unknown quantity for me - but on a topic of personal significance. . My passion for academia and research has most certainly been fueled by having such supportive and caring supervision - which has only inspired me to do more; and now that I am supervising too - to replicate with my own students the massively positive experience that Sarah enabled with my research.

 

Best Personal Tutor
Winner- David Heaton (Science and Engineering)

Dave always goes over and above what is required from a personal tutor. He never quite gives you the answers, instead, he inspires and motivates you with guidance in the right direction, teasing out the information from your own brain. Being close friends with a few coursemates who also have Dave as a tutor we all agree how helpful he is and don't know how we would have got by without him. He has perfected the art of strictness/humour/direct talking/caretaking nature over his career and this really shines through. Another quick example is we have a presentation next wed and he has his group in practicing on the morning to prepare. You just cant get a better tutor.

Outstanding Innovation in Teaching
Winner- Haydn Insley (Science and Engineering)

Design Engineering. Since Haydn came to MMU the whole course has changed and moved forward completely in terms of design. He leads photoshop lessons, 3D printing lessons, he even has our designs able to be set up in VIRTUAL REALITY (VR) environments that can be viewed with a VR headset to get a sense of scale and real life appeal. He tells us about cool awards/competitions outside of uni that we can take part in for cash rewards or challenges externally that boost our experience and get us into the real world of design. Another cool thing is he asks us at the end of each lesson what we want to do and we vote so we actually have a say in the curriculum and what we feel we are weak on/need topping up. Him and Jason Condliffe make a great pair and i can't see how you could join a teaching team and innovate this much in such a short space of time it's simply outstanding.

 

Outstanding Teaching for Employability 
Winner- Dr Dyan Colclough (Arts and Humanities)

Dr Dyan Coclough is, honestly, the only tutor who has ever discussed employability with myself and my specific group (Youth in the 19th and 20th Centuries seminar.) Dyan's engagement with students via email is also absolutely commendable. She is forever letting us know that we are totally free to contact her whenever we need help and should 'never be afraid to ask.' She makes us so comfortable and really gives us a platform on which to develop things like: self confidence, communication skills, listening skills, and street smarts. I'm really going to miss her when I graduate but will definitely take her lessons with me- she's a valuable person to know. I really enjoy listening to what Dyan has done previously in her life and how she comes to the conclusions she does.

 

Outstanding Teaching for Sustainability
Winner- Sustainable Production and Consumption (Science and Engineering)

Unlike other modules which only touch on sustainability briefly, or only a single aspect of sustainability. This unit and the teaching staff draw on a large range of sources including economic, political, social, ethical, and environmental sustainability to really get to grips with what it actually takes to produce a 'sustainable' system. The module also brings in guest lecturers allowing us to see the practical application of theory, and how it has actually impacted in a real life setting. This compliments the assignments which directly take the skills and theory taught and channel it into practical tasks, almost as practice for a real job in sustainability.

 

 

Find out more about the criteria our judges worked to here.