The Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) of the year award is presented annually by the Faculty. The award:

  • demonstrates that the Faculty of Engineering recognises the integral role GTAs perform in teaching within the Faculty;
  • offers an incentive to GTAs to strive for excellence in their teaching;
  • provides GTAs with recognition for inclusion in their CVs;
  • encourages GTAs to talk and think more about their approach to teaching.

Each year, every department selects its best GTA and from these departmental winners the Faculty presents a highly commended award and then choses an overall winner.

2016 winner

The winners from each department were:

  • Richard Ahlfield (Aeronautics)
  • Dana Al Sulaiman (Bioengineering)
  • Elton Dias (Chemical Engineering)
  • Alexandros Nordas (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
  • Romain Barnoud (Computing)
  • Sam Cooper (Dyson School of Design Engineering)
  • Himadri Das (Electrical and Electronic Engineering)
  • Robin Thomas (Earth Science and Engineering)

The panel were very impressed with all these nominations and this year decided to give two highly commended awards as well as the overall winner award.

Highly commended

  • Robin Thomas
  • Alexandros Nordas

Overall winner

The overall winner of the GTA of the year award 2016 was Elton Dias from Chemical Engineering.

You can read his departmental nomination below:

"Elton started his PhD in October 2014 and since then he has acted as a GTA for six different modules in Chemical Engineering. This strong presence in the Chemical Engineering course is a clear testimony of Elton’s enthusiasm and engagement for teaching. For all these courses, Elton took the time to master the topics before teaching them. While it is clear that he has high expectations for the students, he sets even higher standards for himself as well and he does not count the hours when preparing for the laboratories and trying to fine-tune experiments to ensure they run seamlessly."