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19 Apr 2013

Loughborough University technician scoops national award

Andrew Hallam.

A technician from the University’s Loughborough Design School has won a national award in recognition of his support of students and colleagues.

Andrew Hallam was presented with the Higher Education Academy STEM (Science, technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Engineering Technician of the Year award at its annual conference (Wednesday 17 April).

Nominees were asked to demonstrate how their skills, actions and good practice have improved the experience of students and how they have engaged and communicated with staff and students.

Dr Janet De Wilde, the Academy’s Head of STEM comments: “As the national body for enhancing learning and teaching in higher education, the Higher Education Academy recognises that technicians, in the field or in the laboratory, have a very important role in supporting the student learning experience.  I’d like to extend my congratulations to all the award winners.”

Professor Tracy Bhamra, Dean of the Loughborough Design School said: “We are delighted Andrew has won this award, he is an asset to the school, its students and staff.”

Andrew received £150 and a certificate.

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Article reference number: PR 13/60

(1) The Higher Education Academy (HEA) is a national body for learning and teaching in higher education. It works with universities and other higher education providers to help bring about change in learning and teaching. It does this to improve the experience that students have while they are studying and to support and develop those who teach them.

Its activities focus on rewarding and recognising excellence in teaching, bringing together people and resources to research and share best practice, and helping to influence, shape and implement policy – locally, nationally, and internationally.

(2) Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2011 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the Best Student Experience in England every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 11 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience

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