Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University staff making major strides in their respective academic fields were lauded for their work at the prestigious Research, Teaching and Engagement Excellence Awards last night.
The annual awards, which are a major highlight in the university calendar, saw staff from various faculties recognised in the fields of research, teaching, innovation, engagement and the creative and performing arts.
For staff to qualify for the rigorous selection process, strict criteria need to be met, including having a high degree of subject discipline and knowledge, proven expertise in approaches to teaching and learning, leadership, reputation among students and peers as well as excellence in engagement activities.
Senior physics lecturer Professor Ernest Van Dyk and his team scooped the Innovation Excellence Team award for their innovative work in photovoltaics, while Senior Systems and Controls engineer at eNtsa, Akshay Lakhani was awarded the Innovation Excellence for a smartphone app that would prevent the unauthorised use of disabled parking bays.
Leadership and training manager Kim Elliott’s 67 Hours Programme, which has received positive feedback from students, took the Engagement Excellence Team Award for the volunteer programme that encourages students to be active global citizens.
The 67 Hours Programme – which is one of the that the university is ensuring it produces academics who are not only well learned, but also socially aware – also walked away with the Teaching and Learning Excellence team award.
NMMU School of Media, Art and Design principal lecturer Mary Duker and head of ceramics Bianca Whitehead, who were the artists behind the three-metre-high iconic “The Madiba Shirt” sculpture, received the Performing and Creative Arts award, while Andrieta Wentzel took the public art category of the award.
Popular management science lecturer Paul Tai-Hing (pictured right) was lauded with the Excellent Teacher of the Year award for his efforts in producing more “marketable” students, while Nadine Strydom (left) walked away with the Researcher of the Year award for her research and expertise on fish larvae and their impact on future fish populations.
Faculty Emerging Excellent Teachers
Faculty Excellent Teachers
Faculty Emerging Researchers of the Year
Faculty Researchers of the Year
NMMU Engagement Awards
NMMU Emerging Excellence Engagement Award
NMMU Engagement Excellence Project Award
Missionvale Community Psychology Centre
NMMU Engagement Excellence Team Award
NMMU Engagement Excellence Award
NMMU Teaching and Learning Excellence: Team Award
67 Hours Team – Kim Elliott to collect on behalf of Team
Commendations for Teaching Excellence
NMMU Distinguished Teacher Award
Research Excellence Awards
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