Lecturer Paula shortlisted by students after Westminster attack
A SENIOR Edge Hill lecturer has been acknowledged for going “Above and Beyond” in the annual Student-Led Teaching Awards shortlist.
Paula Keaveney, who lives in Liverpool, was nominated by her PR and politics students for her exemplary professionalism and support during the Westminster terrorist attack of March 22.
A student group visiting the Houses of Parliament for a field trip had just left the building when the attack happened, with Paula was forced to remain in the building. Her composed reaction and calming attitude inspired her students to nominate her for a Student-Led Staff award, which she won.
Paula said: “If you panic, it just makes other people panic.
“There are many other people who do lots of good things but it’s nice to have this sort of recognition.”
“It’s not going to make me any less strict,” she joked.
One student who nominated her said: “Paula Keaveney cares deeply about her students, more so than any tutor I have ever had.
“She is dedicated, honest and reliable.”
Throughout her decade of teaching at Edge Hill, Paula has acquired an excellent reputation for equipping her students with knowledge of the latest developments in politics and PR.
Paula uses her extensive academic and professional links to enhance her courses with visiting speakers, work placement opportunities, field trips and behind-the-scenes insights.
She explained: “Public relations and politics are not fixed subjects.
“You need to keep track of the changes.”
Edge Hill Students’ Union co-ordinates the annual Student-Led Staff Awards, and the exceptional contributions of those staff who excel in teaching are celebrated annually at degree ceremonies.
From the many hundreds of nominations received, the Students’ Union thematically analyses outcomes and disseminates them at the University’s Learning & Teaching Conference.
The award winners also contribute their work to the professional development programme for staff.
In these ways, students’ views on the teaching they most value feed into the university’s continual improvement of the student learning experience.
In 2017 there will be 17 award winners in seven categories, including Inspiring Lecturer of the year, Most Engaging Module of the year, and Above and Beyond – Support.