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Students reward outstanding academic and professional services staff

The Student Voice Awards recognise those who contribute positively to the university experience.
by Kayley Goff

The annual Student Voice Awards were hosted by City University London's Students' Union and Learning Development Centre on Thursday 11th April 2013. The awards give students the chance to reward staff who have made a positive impact on their university experience, in particular those who have demonstrated great commitment to top-quality teaching, learning, and assessment. 

This year the top honours went to Stefano De Cesaris, a Visiting Lecturer in Finance at City's Cass Business School. Mr de Cesaris lectures in Financial Statements Analysis to the students of the MSc Banking and International Finance course. 

Student nominations praised Mr de Cesaris's ability to convey theoretical knowledge and his use of cases studies. He also drew praise for the time he made available for students outside of designated lecture time. One student nomination noted:
'Each second of his lecture provides students with worthwhile information. He is very smart, accurate, hard-working and holds strong theoretical knowledge and great experience'.

The awards are organised by City University London's Learning Development Centre and the Students' Union. James Perkins, the SU Vice-President for Education commented
"This year, the Student Voice Awards combined the achievements of academics who teach, professional service staff who support our students and programme representatives who have done outstanding work for their colleagues this year. The combination of these three elements plays an instrumental role in demonstrating the successes of our institution and its students at the highest levels. The winners were chosen on the strength of their nominations and the way in which they had been seen to enhance the student experience".

The awards also recognised the outstanding contributions made by individuals in each of City's schools and its professional services:

  •  Dr Miguel Mera, The School of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Dr Louise Phillips, The School of Health Sciences.
  • Mr Charles Watson, The School of Informatics. 
  • Paul McKeown, The City Law School.
  • Peter Roberts, School of Engineering and Mathematical Science
  • Stefano de Cesaris, Cass Business School 
  • Kate Kelsey, Professional Services 
  • Catalina Albeanu, Programme Representative of the Year.
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