Press Releases 2014-2015

‘Best Lecturer of the Year’ Award to UWTSD Member of Staff


A University of Wales Trinity Saint David lecturer has won an award at the 2015  UWTSD Carmarthen Student led Awards that took place last month. Alison Rees-Edwards, School of Early Childhood, was awarded ‘Best Lecturer of the Year’. Alison has lectured in the School of Early Childhood for several years and specialises in human development, early literacy, language development and inclusion.

Students who had voted for Alison highlighted that they found her lectures fun and innovative. Alison said: “The award evening was wonderful, winning was a very happy surprise and an honour. I feel that students are more engaged if they enjoy participating in discussions and feel that their contributions are valued. I ensure that they are aware of how much I enjoy being in their company and lecturing them. The highlight of the evening for me was the students’ reference to my catchphrase for 3rd year students ‘Keep calm and critique’ – this continues to bring a smile to my face.”

Alison’s win was not the only success of the evening. Angela Rees, another staff member of School of Early Childhood was also nominated for the same award of best lecturer.  Angela said: “It was an honour to be nominated for this award by the students. I would have enjoyed attending the event but was with a group of Early Childhood students on an exciting study visit to Vancouver. Both the staff and students are having an amazing time with a variety of educational, physical and cultural experiences. I would like to thank the students for nominating and voting for me and I wish them all the best.”

The Head of School of the School of Early Childhood, Ann-Marie Gealy, was delighted that the lecturers’ hard work and dedication was recognised, saying:

“This is such fantastic news. Well done Alison on winning this award in what was a very tough category. Congratulations also to Angela for reaching the final group. The School of Early Childhood is particularly proud of this award since it is the students themselves who nominate and vote for candidates. The students’ voice and experience is particularly important to the School’s principles and ethos.  It is encouraging that two staff members were nominated; the whole School view this as recognition of the positive working relationships that develop between staff and students. The hard work of the lecturers is reflected in the innovative teaching; specialised guest visits and lectures; and exciting international visit opportunities that the degree is able to provide.  I would like to note my thanks in particular to the students of the School of Early Childhood who actively participate in activities and events across the University and note how important awards such as these are to the staff.”

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  2. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was established in 2010 through the merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College, Carmarthen. On 1 August 2013 the Swansea Metropolitan University merged with the University
  3. The University’s Royal Charter 1828 is the oldest in Wales, and it is third behind Oxford and Cambridge in Wales and England. HRH Prince of Wales is the Patron of the University
  4. On 1 August, 2013 Coleg Sir Gâr merged with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David Group, however they will keep their own brand. Coleg Ceredigion merged with the Group on 1 January 2014