On Friday 15 May, our community came together to celebrate some of the excellent work that’s happened in the realms of learning, teaching and academic representation this year for the Education Awards 2020, a joint awards ceremony hosted by the University and The SU.
The awards ceremony was presented in three parts; SU Academic Rep Awards, SU Peer Support Awards, and the University Learning and Teaching Awards. You can find a full list of winners here. A big thank you goes to Education Officer Ruqia Osman, Community Officer Alisha Lobo and Professor Peter Lambert, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Learning and Teaching, who presented the three parts respectively. The standard of nominations this year were so high and for many categories, we were unable to pick just one winner. This is testament to the commitment and enthusiasm of everyone working towards making education at Bath the best it can be.
What made this award ceremony particularly special was hearing directly from staff and students about the impact that each one of them has on education here at Bath. We got the opportunity to share stories of support staff making such a huge difference to our experiences, Academic Reps making our voices hear, PAL leaders making us feel comfortable to ask questions, amongst many stories about life at Bath.
During this time of uncertainty, coming together like this to recognise our achievements is of even more importance and we’re so lucky to be blessed with a community that wants to help us celebrate in this way.
In particular, we were blown away learning about how our reps and mentors have adapted to life in lockdown. We’ve heard of PAL leaders doing online lessons, peer mentors organising events online and lecturers going above and beyond to make sure we get the content we need. Most importantly though, we need to acknowledge the work of the Academic Reps this year; from UCU strikes to Covid-19 this year has been unprecedented. Being in lockdown hasn’t been an easy adjustment for anyone, and the most difficult of academic adjustments has been the change to online teaching and assessments. The reps have really stepped up to make sure that each and every voice is heard, and you all deserve a (virtual) round of applause for your hard work in what’s been quite a challenging year.
Congratulations to everyone that was nominated, and a particular well done to everyone that received an award.