Lec­turer Paula short­listed by stu­dents af­ter West­min­ster at­tack

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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.

Paula Keav­eney was nom­i­nated by stu­dents

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