HISA Awards winners announced

Organised by the Highlands and Islands Students’ Association, the HISA Awards give students a chance to thank the academic staff, support staff and students who have inspired and supported them.

The annual awards are judged by a student panel and winners are selected on the quality of the nomination. The 2018 winners are:

  • Most Inspiring Lecturer: Geoff Wright, West Highland College UHI
  • Most Engaging Video Conference Tutor: Dr Eddie Graham, Lews Castle College UHI
  • Most Engaging Online Tutor: Gillian Shaw, Inverness College UHI
  • Best Assessment Feedback: June Schulte, Perth College UHI
  • Best Personal Academic Tutor: Alice Mongiello, Inverness College UHI
  • Best Research or Dissertation Supervisor: Tara Morrison, Inverness College UHI
  • Best Support Staff: Martin Cameron, Highland Theological College UHI
  • Best Engagement with the Student Voice: Student - Nicole Bebbington, North Highland College UHI
  • Best Contribution to Clubs and Societies: Holly MacLean, Inverness College UHI
  • Best Class Representative: Graham Sinclair, Orkney College UHI

June Schulte, Winner of the Best Assessment Feedback award, is a computing lecturer at Perth College UHI.

One of June’s students, commented: “June always marks assessments ASAP and has great feedback, even if it’s something else I need to do. She will email myself and other students to discuss the pros and cons of the assessment. She will even give feedback on non-assessed work as well, to help us progress along the course!”

HISA president, Alan Simpson, said: “The HISA Awards are an important opportunity to recognise and thank individuals who have made a valuable contribution to students’ learning experience. This year we received nominations from every academic partner for the first time and recorded a record number of 428 nominations, which was over 100 more than last year! The level of interaction with the awards speaks to the high regard our students have for their lecturers, tutors, support staff and peers, and the great work that’s happening across the University of the Highlands and Islands.”

Dr Iain Morrison, Dean of Students, commented: “You cannot fool students: they are experts in their own learning and can astutely and quickly identify staff who know what they are doing. The fact that a record number of university staff were nominated for these awards, by a record number of students, is testimony to the high quality of our lecturers, support staff and student representatives across the entire organisation. We are very proud of our colleagues and to have so many students recognise their hard work, commitment and expertise means that they are also appreciated by the people about whom they care most at work: their students.”

Dr Margaret Cook, Principal and Chief Executive at Perth College UHI, added: “Congratulations to June Schulte on her achievement. It speaks volumes that so many of our students have taken the time to formally recognise the dedication of the staff at Perth College UHI and across the partnership.”