USW People Award Winners Celebrated

The winners of the USW People Awards were announced at the annual awards ceremony on Monday 26th September 2016.


Bringing together the Excellence in Learning and Teaching Awards (ELTA) and the Staff Recognition Awards (SRA) for the third year running, the USW People Awards are designed to recognise and reward excellence in learning, teaching and student support across the USW Group.


All shortlisted nominees, plus those who nominated them, were invited to the awards ceremony in the University’s conference centre, where they were welcomed with a drinks reception accompanied by the USW1Voice Choir and served dinner before the awards were presented by the Vice Chancellor, Professor Julie Lydon.


The awards were open to all staff from within the USW Group and its strategic partners. Nominations for ELTA awards were welcomed for members of academic staff and Staff Recognition Awards for all colleagues nominated for their efforts and achievements throughout the year.


Ben Calvert, Pro Vice Chancellor – Learning, Teaching & Student Experience and Chair of the awards panels, said of the process: “My warmest congratulations to all the nominees. I continue to be struck by how many dedicated colleagues we have who place service to students front and centre of their daily work and are incredibly committed to the institution. We need to show that we do not take that for granted, but that we value it and want others to know about it as well. So these awards are great, and I know they are appreciated by staff.”


Jeremy Ashdown, Head of HR – Organisational Development said, “In this year’s USW Staff Recognition Awards alone we received 77 nominations across the three categories and the standard of applications was extremely high. This is fantastic to see but made our job especially difficult. The panel were impressed by quality of all the submissions and wanted to thank everyone nominated for their continued commitment to the University.”


Vice Chancellor, Professor Julie Lydon with a selection of this year’s winners


USW People Award Winners 2016

ELTA Winners: Dr Hilary Ramsden (Excellence in Learning and Teaching Practice), Dr Ross Davies (Innovation in Assessment and Feedback), Rhiannon Packer (Innovation in Student Personal Development and Employability), Dr Simon Jones (Excellence in Enhancing the Student Learning Experience).

Staff Recognition Award Winners: Dr Louise Bright (Distinguished Employee Award), Martin Lee (Service Excellence Award), The Sports Team – The College, Merthyr Tydfil (Team Achievement Award).