Principal’s Awards for Learning and Teaching enter its third year

03 December 2013

Principal’s Awards for Learning and Teaching enter its third year

Dr Michelle Govan with Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Pamela Gillies

An academic who is bringing Scotland’s first student conference in digital forensics, and who initiated the launch of the first Cyber Security Challenge in Scotland, has been recognised for her outstanding contribution to the University.

Digital forensics and security Senior Lecturer, Dr Michelle Govan, School of Engineering and Built Environment, was named winner of the Principal’s Award (Individual) for Learning and Teaching at the annual Learning and Teaching showcase.

Dr Govan, with the support of Head of Department Professor Tom Buggy, played a key role in the introduction of the five-year MEng / MEng (Hons) Digital Security, Forensics and Ethical Hacking programme, the first of its kind in the UK.

Speaking at the Learning and Teaching awards event, Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Pamela Gillies described Dr Govan as a leader in her field and credited her for supporting students by facilitating internships and employment opportunities.

The School of Engineering and Built Environment also received the inaugural Principal’s Team award for Learning and Teaching for its flagship Scottish Game Jam event, a 48-hour challenge to design and develop original game content together with GCU students and industry professionals.

The team’s work supported Gathering the Voices by developing a range of digital educational tools inspired by the experiences of Jewish refugees who fled persecution in the 1930s and 1940s. It also joined forces with Alzheimer Scotland and the Glasgow School of Art to host an event to develop digital tools for people with dementia, their families and their carers. Julie Campbell accepted the award on behalf of the Games Team of Dr Gianna Cassidy, David Moffat, David Farrell, Soheeb Khan, Warren Chan, Eddie Horn, Brian McDonald, Robert Law, Edwin Gray, and Stephen Anderson.  

The annual Learning and Teaching Awards are organised by GCU LEAD to highlight innovative strategies and inspirational individuals among the University’s teaching staff. The winners were chosen by a panel including the Principal, the PVC (Learning and Teaching), the President of the Students’ Association, the Asst Director Scotland of the Higher Education Academy and two GCU academics.

The event also featured presentations by Professor Bruce Wood, Director of the GCU’s Centre for Creative Industries on Divergent Thinking in Teaching as part of the Strategy for Learning; Dr Vicky Gunn, Director of Learning and Teaching Centre at the University of Glasgow presented her research findings on teaching excellence in Higher Education; and Murray Hope, Policy Officer at of the Higher Education Academy concluded the formal session. Mr Hope highlighted GCU’s current high achievement levels in gaining professional recognition of teaching - at 37% this is above the sector average of around 20%. 

The event concluded with the poster display of the action research in learning and teaching which has been undertaken over the last year by 24 of the Caledonian Associates and Scholars and past and current participants in the AcceleRATE Accredited programmes in learning and teaching.

Video interviews with the key presenters should be available shortly made by two of GCU’s third year journalism and multimedia students, Calum Morton and Ross Crae from Glasgow School for Business and Society.


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