SSTAR Awards

Each year UPSU holds the prestigious SSTAR (student staff teaching and representation) Awards. This year the Awards will be held on 31 March 2017. These awards recognise the many excellent university staff members and dedicated students we have here at Plymouth University.

Launched in 2011, the awards have grown year on year and are now a hugely celebrated and special event for staff and students at Plymouth University. They are an opportunity for us to say thank you to lecturers, support staff and students for all their hard work and support, whilst highlighting exactly what students think good teaching and support is.

Every year staff and students are nominated in a range of categories, from most inspirational teaching to best use of technology. View a full explanation of the categories.

The nominations closed on 3 February 2017. Following this a student committee then decides on winners for each award, some awards will be separated into faculty winners too, with the overall winner being revealed at a big awards ceremony at the end of the year.

Read a full list of this year's winners (Word doc)

Student awards celebrate teaching stars

She’s brought in playdough breasts and plastic knives so we can perform dissections on them and find the jelly bean ‘tumours’ of different types. This must have taken her ages to put together in her own time.

Carole Stoddard's use of playdough breasts in cellular science saw her scoop the award for Most Innovative Use of Teaching Methods.

Learn more about previous award winners

Photo by Agnes Morgan Photography

Past SSTAR Awards winners

The award for Inspirational Teaching was the most popular award in terms of nominations. This immediately suggests it is teaching itself that is the bedrock of the student experience.

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