The RNCM Students’ Union presented the first Student-Led Teaching Awards ceremony on Thursday 21 July.

The College was one of just 21 higher education institutions across the UK to receive funding from the NUS and Higher Education Academy (HEA) to present awards celebrating staff at the RNCM. Nominations in four categories (Innovative Teaching Award, Employability Enhancement Award, Most Memorable Musical Moment Award and Positive Impact Award) were made by the whole student body, with the Students’ Union making the final decision.

Dee Dee Roberts, RNCM SU President, said: ‘We applied to be part of the scheme run by the NUS and HEA along with 21 other universities. I went on four training sessions throughout the year to meet the other unions taking part and to discuss how the awards would be presented at the RNCM. I then worked with the four Vice-Presidents and two non-SU students to set categories, discuss how to promote the awards, plan the evening and design the branding.

‘From the start we made it clear to all the students that this was not a popularity contest. We were looking for stories about staff who had really gone above and beyond the call of duty. We certainly weren’t short of good nominations and eventually, after a lot of discussion, managed to whittle them down gradually.
‘The evening was a great success and provide to be a really significant moment for the RNCM; to celebrate the fantastic teaching and learning that goes on here, as led by the students for the first time ever!’

The award schemes in the project are excellent examples of proactive student engagement and the ways in which all students can work to change learning and teaching in their institutions in a positive way by highlighting and disseminating.

And the winners are:
Innovative Teaching Award – Simon Parkin (GRNCM Course Leader)
Employability Enhancement Award – Abi Collins (Professional Engagements Manager)
Most Memorable Musical Moment Award – Quartet for the End of Time performed by RNCM chamber musicians
Positive Impact Award – Cheryll Duncan (Learning Support Tutor and Academic Tutor), Audrey Lawson (Catering Assistant), Louise Lansdown (Tutor in Viola and Senior Tutor in Strings), Rodrigo Constanzo (Musicianship Tutor), Jean Ammar (Language Support Tutor)
Students’ Union Positive Impact Award – Barbara Mulroy (Deputy Academic Registrar)