Lecturers Anna Faherty and Judith Watts have won the runner-up prize in the Developing Student Employability category at Kingston University’s 2014 Student-Led Learning and Teaching Awards. Nominated by MA Publishing student Gillian Pimm, the award recognises and rewards ‘excellent practice’ on the hands-on ‘MAKE: Content Development & Production’ module, in which students work in teams to design, produce and publish live publishing projects.
In her nomination, Gillian described Anna and Judith as ‘very knowledgeable in their field’ and ‘committed teachers, very positive and supportive and good at facilitating learning’. Gillian specifically highlighted the design and delivery of the ‘MAKE’ module as good practice.
They have designed and delivered a very practical module which gives students the opportunity to become confident in a range of hands-on skills involved in taking content from raw material to published product, and to critically reflect on the learning which has taken place, enabling them to present well at interview and perform confidently in the workplace. We learned several very useful and transferable new skills including project management and team working, as well as publishing-specific skills around text layout and cover design. This live project took us from theory into practice so we understand our subject far better, and the experience was highly motivating and challenging.
Fellow Kingston MA student Sam Perkins, writing on the BookMachine blog, also identified the ’round-the-clock dedication’ of Anna and Judith as a crucial factor in the development of the ‘practical knowledge and experience we need to fuel our future careers’.
The Student-Led Learning and Teaching Awards recognise and reward members of Kingston University Staff who are committed to delivering a great learning and teaching experience. Managed by the Student Union, the awards allow students to identify what good teaching looks like and what creates a positive experience of Higher Education. Anna and Judith were just two of seven staff nominated from Kingston’s Department of Journalism & Publishing, a school that was recently ranked eighth in the country.