Stirling shortlisted in Times Higher Education Awards

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4 September 2014

The University of Stirling has been shortlisted for three awards in this year’s Times Higher Education Awards.

Dr May McCreaddie, a Senior Lecturer in the School of Health Sciences, has been shortlisted for Most Innovative Teacher of the Year award.

May said: “I am delighted to be shortlisted for this award, it’s a real honour. I’m particularly pleased to be nominated with two nursing colleagues from other HEIs.”

“I lead the communication and interaction theme in the undergraduate programme and we have introduced a number of workshops and sessions that go beyond the traditional teaching of communication.  

“For example, we use ‘authentic interactions’ such as audio-recorded complaints data which the students listen to and follow a verbatim transcript; so they look at not just what is said, but how, where and when it is said within the interaction. As an ex-stand up comedienne, with a doctorate in humour in healthcare interactions, humour also features strongly in various inputs.”

The University has also been nominated in the Outstanding Contribution to Leadership Development category for our Gender Equality Initiative.

This includes Stepping Stones, a two-day programme for 20 female staff to develop their personal and professional skills and career paths, and the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education's Aurora women's leadership programme. Also part of the initiative are our Gender Equality Forum, Stirling Women, and other measures to challenge potential barriers to women’s progression.

Finally, in the Outstanding Support for Early Career Researchers category, Stirling is a partner in the University of Glasgow-led 'A Creative Enlightenment' initiative, which aims to provide a unique insight into the arts and creative sector for early career researchers. The other partner institutions are the Universities of Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Dundee, Strathclyde and Glasgow School of Art.

The winners will be announced on Thursday 27 November 2014 at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London.

The full shortlist for all 18 categories is published in today’s issue of Times Higher Education and is also available at www.the-awards.co.uk.

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