Bríd Ní Ghráinne and Damian Gonzalez-Salzberg win teaching excellence award

Dr Bríd Ní Ghráinne and Dr Damian Gonzalez-Salzberg, lecturers in the School, have been jointly awarded a ‘Teaching Excellence in Social Sciences (TESS) Award for Outstanding Practice in Learning and Teaching’.

As one of 7 TESS award recipients (4 individual and 3 'team' winners), Bríd and Damian were commended for supporting student development inside and outside of the classroom. 

Damian receives framed certificateAs a partnership, Brid and Damian have worked with students over a number of years in relation to the prestigious Telders International Law Moot, supporting students personal, academic and professional development in acquiring the skills necessary to succeed at a high level. The 2016/17 student group have recently competed at The Hague after winning national heats giving them the opportunity to take part in the finals against students from the most globally prestigious law schools.

They have incorporated this experience into the curriculum by working with colleagues to design a new level three module - Special Project – International Mooting - providing the opportunity for students to research, prepare and present mooting at a high level within a range of international mooting competitions. 

Professor Jackie Marsh, Faculty Director of Learning and Teaching, said on presenting the award: "The panel felt that your achievements are most impressive, with evidence of excellent outcomes for students, and national recognition for your work. This work has been inspirational for colleagues. Congratulations Bríd and Damian."

Professor Robert Burrell, Head of School, said: "These awards are highly competitive and Bríd and Damian are worthy winners, having demonstrated a real commitment to improving the student experience across everything they do, whilst maintaining the highest standards of academic rigour."

As their prize for winning this award, Bríd and Damian received a certificate and a £500 prize to support future learning and teaching.

Brid and Damian with Telders International Moot team

About the Faculty Awards Scheme

The Faculty of Social Sciences aims to identify and promote outstanding practice in learning and teaching and celebrate Faculty staff members’ achievements in this area.

The Scheme rewards those who are inspirational or who demonstrate an exceptional contribution in the area of learning and teaching and/or supporting and enhancing the student learning experience.
As well as those who work directly with students, the Scheme welcomes nominations for colleagues who indirectly support students, for example, by designing and planning learning activities, creating learning materials, or through the strategic development of learning and teaching.

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