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Students and staff from the Classics and Ancient History department celebrating at their success. 

Classics and Ancient History shine at the Students' Guild Teaching Awards

Students, academics and staff from the University of Exeter and Students' Guild gathered on 1 May for the 2014 Teaching Awards. Guests enjoyed a drinks reception in the elegant Royal Albert Memorial Museum as the winners in each of the 10 award categories were announced. Classics and Ancient History staff are celebrating huge success after winning ‘Best Research Community’ and ‘Most Supportive Member of Staff’.

The winners were selected by students in a survey organised by the University of Exeter Students’ Guild. The awards ceremony formally recognises exceptional teaching and support at the University and acknowledges those staff who not only provide outstanding academic experiences, but those who support their students' wider development.

Classics and Ancient History staff were shortlisted for four categories and the department was delighted to receive the award for ‘Best Research Community’. Departmental Administrator Charlie Rushforth won ‘Most Supportive Staff Member’ for her outstanding level of care and commitment to the students. Dr Sharon Marshall was runner-up in the ‘Most Innovative Teaching’ category and Dr Claire Holleran was shortlisted for ‘Best Employability Support’.

Charlie Rushforth comments: “I'm delighted to have received this award, particularly because the nominations have come directly from the students. The Classics department is very fortunate to have such a proactive student body who are so passionate about their studies, and it is a real pleasure to work with them".

Vice President Academic Affairs Alex Louch compered the event and said afterwards: "The Teaching Awards are a wonderful opportunity for students and the Guild to give something back to the talented and dedicated University staff with whom we work and to ensure they know how greatly they are valued. This year we received a greater number of nominations than ever before and the calibre of these was fantastic across the board. I offer my repeated congratulations to all the category winners and runners-up, and also to all who were nominated by the students who appreciate what they do."

Professor Janice Kay, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Education), made closing remarks at the ceremony and concluded: "It is a pleasure to be involved in the Teaching Awards each year and to share in the celebration of the strong partnership between students and the staff who guide and support them during their time at Exeter. Staff frequently go above and beyond what could be reasonably expected of them to support students and I am delighted that the Teaching Awards has gone from strength to strength since its inception."

Date: 14 May 2014

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