Congratulations to both Dr Mike Freeman, who was awarded the highly prized Teacher of the Year, and Professor Colin Runciman, who was highly commended as Inspirational Lecturer.
This is the sixth year that the University of York Students’ Union (YUSU) has invited students to nominate members of staff for these awards. Students also decide who wins the award.
Professor Jim Woodcock, Head of the Department of Computer Science, said: “These awards are a great achievement, as academics are nominated by their own students. We are all delighted that the inspirational teaching of Mike Freeman and Colin Runciman has been recognised in this way.”
Here's some of the nominations from students about Mike:
"Goes above and beyond what is required, makes lectures interesting and labs even more interesting. Helps with aspect of the course not even related to his subject, altogether a brilliant lecturer."
"Genuine enthusiasm across both modules taught to first years (ICAR&DCD), willingness to help as often and for as long as possible, within his modules and beyond them. He does a brilliant job of explaining concepts, and is approachable the times he mightn't have gotten the point across. His lectures are interesting, relevant, and keep the student's interest across a topic that can, for some including myself, a little uninspiring and that won't have been the selling point of the course for many. In short, he's enthusiastic, extraordinarily hard-working, approachable, helpful, and knows his stuff."
"Has supported us greatly by investing lots of his own time to help with assessments, and not just those that he assigned. A great lecturer, great teacher and all round great person who will always try help with any problems with an awesome attitude and clear passion to the subject. Couldn't have asked for a better teacher, and would have found it much harder to get through hardware without him. And who could say no to that smile?"
"Seemingly never busy if we need help in his module or any other area of computer science, always willing to have a chat almost regardless of the topic. Always has a smile to present to students, always cheerful and popping the odd joke. A great all-around lecturer and professor in practicals."
Here's some of the nominations from student about Colin:
"The only possible person who could make the learning of maths in computer science fun. His ability to communicate and teach concepts is outstanding and I have yet to meet anyone who doesn't absolutely love him. Nice, funny, helpful, all round great man. It's hard to come up with more ways to say that this guy rocks. Also if there was an award for best moustache, Colin would win hands down."
"His lectures were presented in a very clear and easy to understand way. His speeches offered an "alternate" view over mathematics, helping our overall comprehension."
"Most entertaining lectures; it's hard not to enjoy Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science with him. Great man."
"For being an unbelievably motivational and inspirational speaker. Somehow Colin has the ability to capture everyone's attention from his very first words."
Congratulations to them both!