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Dr Christopher Wiley receives Student Voice Award at City University London

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For the second year in a row, Dr Christopher Wiley has received a prestigious Student Voice Award, presented by City University London. He thus becomes only the second person in the history of the Award to have been a recipient in two consecutive years.

Chris was one of twelve members of academic and professional staff across the University to win the prize. Competition was, as ever, extremely fierce with a total of over 200 nominees.

Dr Christopher Wiley receives the Student Voice Award 2012The scheme is intended to reward ‘exceptional teaching practice and outstanding support services’, and to recognize excellent contribution to the student experience. Nominations are made by the students themselves and winners are decided by the University’s Students’ Union.

See this post for news of Chris’s being awarded a University Student Voice Award in 2011. Further information about the Student Voice Awards 2012 is available here.

Chris was separately awarded a School of Arts Learning & Teaching Recognition Prize for his excellent module evaluation feedback in the 2011-12 academic year.

The prizes were announced and formally presentated at a prize-giving ceremony at the close of the Fourth Annual ‘Learning at City’ Conference on 13 June 2012 (see picture above).

Dr Christopher Wiley is guest speaker in inaugural University debate

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Dr Christopher Wiley was chosen as one of two guest speakers to participate in the first in a series of cross-institutional debates on matters of teaching and learning at City University London (see review here).

Hosted by the University’s Learning Development Centre and attended by an audience of around 60 staff and students from the University, the inaugural debate considered the provocative motion ‘Assessment Practice in Higher Education relies largely on a limited range of methods that are not always fit for purpose‘.

Supporting the motion was Professor Nigel Duncan (City Law School), the University’s academic lead for assessment and a distinguished law lecturer. Co-chairing the event were Patrick Baughan and Neal Sumner, both Senior Lecturers in the Learning Development Centre.

Both Professor Duncan and Dr Wiley were given an initial 10 minutes to address the audience followed by brief opportunity for rebuttal of one another’s arguments, before discussion was opened up to the floor.

In the final vote, the debate motion was supported by 70%-30%. Nonetheless, Dr Wiley was congratulated not only for having admirably risen to the challenging task of opposing such a motion but for having evidently swayed a significant minority with the persuasiveness of his arguments.

The debate opened the annual Learning Development Centre Showcase event, which this year was on the subject of ‘Student Engagement’, and at which Dr Wiley was also awarded a Best Learning Spaces Design prize for his design of a hypothetical lecture room layout.

Dr Christopher Wiley wins University Student Voice Award at City University London

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Dr Christopher Wiley has won a prestigious Student Voice Award (so named because all nominations are made by the students themselves) at City University London.

Staving off fierce competition from hundreds of nominees, Chris was one of 12 meChristopher Wiley at the teaching podmbers of academic staff across the University to win the coveted £1,000 prize.

The Student Voice Award scheme is run by the University’s 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.

Chris’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.

Chris 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.

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