GTA of the year award
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.
A joint prize was awarded to two Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs), Parth Shah from the Department of Chemical Engineering and Victoria Fernandes from the Department of Earth Science and Engineering.
Victoria was commended for her 'excellence in providing support and inspiration to our students and staff', across preparation for and delivery of course material. Students and colleagues commented extremely positively on her approachability, engagement and motivation, particularly on this year's virtual field trip, which was converted to a virtual module with almost no notice.
Parth was commended for his 'exceptional, invaluable and selfless contributions...to the Department, and to the overall student learning experience'. Drawing upon his considerable industrial experience, as well as his own background and perspectives, he created, tested and delivered new experiments, making the module considerably more engaging and relatable for undergraduates, alongside tapping into his personal and professional contacts to give career advice to students.