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The Education Awards (TEAs): Real Life Heroes in Education

Newcastle University, UK, hosted a glamorous awards ceremony to celebrate its educators across all its campuses on 9 May 2019. The ceremony was held to announce the winners of the University’s The Education Awards (TEAs).

Led by the Newcastle University Student Union (NUSU), the TEAs were conceived as a way to thank, not only the teachers, but also the dedicated staff members of the University and its global campuses, who have been a driving force behind its success.

Students were encouraged to pay tribute to their favourite educators for their hard work and invaluable contributions by nominating them for the awards. This time around, 443 nominations were garnered for 12 categories. The categories were Outstanding Contribution to Employability; Outstanding Contribution to Pastoral Care; Professional Services Staff Member of the Year; Outstanding Contribution to Equality, Diversity & Inclusivity; Outstanding Contribution to Feedback; Taught Supervisor of the Year; Research Supervisor of the Year; Student Choice Award; Outstanding Contribution to Teaching – FMS; Outstanding Contribution to Teaching – HaSS; Outstanding Contribution to Teaching – SagE; and Outstanding Contribution to Teaching (Global). 

Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia (NUMed) is exceedingly proud to have one of the TEAs winners among them. Dr. Vasantha Subramaniyam, Senior Clinical Lecturer, won the Outstanding Contribution to Teaching (Global) award, proving her mettle in inspiring her students and making a positive impact in their lives.

“I am humbled by this award and, more importantly, by my students’ belief in me. They are the reason I do what I do, and this award has been such a wonderful gift from them. It truly feels great to be an inspiration to them, and of course getting a remarkable recognition like this is an amazing memory,” expressed Dr. Vasantha.

Dr. Vasantha was among three nominees from NUMed who were shortlisted under this category, the other two being Dr. Tan Kok Keong and Dr. Valliammai Valliyappan.

Dr. Tan also extended his gratitude for being nominated and given the opportunity to join his two shortlisted colleagues.

‘I am thankful to my students for the nomination and support I’ve received throughout the process. This will definitely be a great addition to the memory throughout my career,’ shared Dr. Tan.

‘I am extremely happy and honoured to be nominated for three consecutive years and to be among the three shortlisted nominees this year,’ said Dr. Valli who was a recipient of three nominations in 2017, one in 2018 and five in 2019.

‘For this, I would love to thank my students for their appreciation that I value the most in my teaching career. Also, taking this opportunity to extend my wishes to them for a successful career as competent doctors,’ added Dr. Valli.

NUSU’s Education Officer, Jonny Hall, said, “Not only did we receive more nominations than ever before, but the quality of each nomination was inspiring. It made the shortlisting process both a difficult and daunting task, but being able to see the delight on the winners’ faces made the hard work more than worth it!”

Dr. Vasantha Subramaniyam

published on: 19 June 2019