The Astonishing Academics Awards took place on 19 March. We had a fantastic evening with colleagues from all Schools across the University, students, the Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor.
We are delighted that a number of academics from the Spanish section at Aston were nominated for awards and would like to thank all our students for their appreciation and continuous support.
Members of the team were also nominated for two of the most hotly contested awards: Raquel Medina and Aurelio Ramos Caballero for Best Personal Tutor, and Aurelio and Raquel Fernández-Sánchez for Most Engaging Academic.
Here are some of the comments our students made about us:
“Raquel Medina is one of the most approachable members of staff. She will always find time to see you and help to put you on the right path.”
“Aurelio always goes out of his way to make sure everyone is happy and shows a genuine interest in his students, a lot of whom I know appreciate him as much as I do.”
“From my first year Aurelio showed interest in his tutees and he was always there when you needed to talk to someone. During my placement year he often dropped emails to check on me and I found his gesture and his guidance very useful when I was in Spain.”
“Raquel Fernández is always available for any advice or help needed. Very inspirational as she seems so passionate about her language.”
“Juanjo has only been my teacher this year, however he brought along a big change in my lectures. His use of technology in giving feedback or in teaching us Spanish has been incredibly high and I am glad that due to his effort I am now aware of what a PDP is and how to successfully do one in Pebble Pad. He was also fine with us submitting work online via DropBox and he recorded the feedback so that we could always go back and listen to it. I found it very useful!”
“I always look forward to Raquel Fernández classes. They are always interesting and she makes me proud to be studying Spanish.”
“Aurelio has a way of making students feel that they can contribute without being judged. This is really important because it means that more people participate; this, along with his enthusiasm, makes his lectures a pleasure.”
Thank you to Aston Student’s Union for organising another successful event and celebrating excellence in both support and teaching.