Dr Christopher Wiley wins University Student Voice Award
Dr Christopher Wiley, BMus Programme Director in the Centre for Music Studies, has won a prestigious University Student Voice Award, thus named because all nominations are made by the students themselves.
Staving off fierce competition from hundreds of nominees, Dr Wiley was one of 12 members of academic staff across the University to win the coveted £1,000 prize.
The Student Voice Award scheme is run by the Students' Union in conjunction with the Learning Development Centre, to acknowledge lecturers who have demonstrated great commitment to top-quality teaching, learning, and assessment over the past year, and who have made a positive impact on the student experience. Students are required to complete a one-page application by way of nominating a staff member.
Dr Wiley's nomination was made primarily on the basis of excellence in dissertation supervision, together with quality and timeliness of feedback on written work. The students also commended him for the 'buzz' they feel after his lectures, for his listening and communication skills, and for the support he has given to student activities both on and off campus.
Dr Wiley was formally presented with the award at the prize-giving ceremony with which the annual 'Learning at City' conference ended on 23 June 2011. Earlier that day, he had delivered a presentation at the same conference based on his research on institutional handbooks for postgraduate research students.
Two other teaching staff at the Centre for Music Studies also received nominations: Professor Steve Stanton, who has twice been honoured with the award in the past, and the Head of Centre, Dr Miguel Mera.