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Student recognition for popular lecturer

2 May 2019

Dr Craig Gurney has been shortlisted for two awards at the 2019 Enriching Student Life Awards (The ESLAs).

Dr Gurney teaches part-time in the School of Geography and Planning, the School of Modern Languages and the Centre for Continuing and Professional Education He has been shortlisted in the category for Most Innovative Member of Staff, a prize he won in 2018, and for Most Uplifting Member of Staff. Nominations are made by current students who remain anonymous until the awards are announced.

The ESLAs, now in their tenth year, are run by Cardiff University’s Students’ Union and were created to recognise and celebrate the role academic staff, and student representatives, play in achieving a stimulating, supportive and dynamic student experience.

This year, 750 nominations were received. These have been narrowed down to three nominations for each of the 12 categories. Prizes will be announced at a ceremony on 9 May.

Responding to his double shortlisting, Dr Gurney said: “This is an unexpected honour. I am extremely grateful to the students who took the time and trouble to write their nominations and to the Student Union's Student Voice team for all their hard work in organising these awards and delivering mugs to all the nominees.

“I’ve spent a lot of my time this year giving feedback to students so it feels very humbling to receive such positive feedback in return.  I'm really looking forward to the Awards Dinner now, I'm sure it will be an amazing event.  I’m teaching until 6pm that day so may have to deliver that particular lecture in a Dinner Jacket!”

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