What Our Students Say

 

Miss Sofia Cavandoli

Lecturer in Law

"Sofia is an excellent lecturer, everything is always clearly explained then reinforced in seminars. My favourite modules are the two modules that Sofia lectures, and I have produced my best work in these modules. She always encourages me to do well and is always available to answer any questions I have."

Prof Alan Clarke

Professor in Criminology

"I think Alan Clarke deserves this award as he has been such a great supervisor for me. I do look up to Alan and all of his work that he does, it being his research on elder abuse or domestic violence. Alan has helped me through my empirical dissertation, and been terrific when it comes to support and guidance. I appreciate Alan and his work greatly. He loves this University and passionate about all of his subjects, and it shows through his lectures. He is such a great inspiration. Whenever I have been distraught by my dissertation, confused and apprehensive - in less than 30 minutes he will have soothed me and helped me through it. He makes everything simple, and takes everything with a smile. Alan is great at being critical, motivational and challenging me and my thoughts/ideas/opinions - which is exactly what a supervisor should do. When explaining different terms, he has no problem simplifying it for me or repeating himself 3 times - his patience is worth gold. I think Alan really deserves this recognition because I could not be happier with his support and guidance throughout this year."

Dr Brendan Coyle

Lecturer in Criminology

"He makes lectures engaging, is down to earth, and has a real passion for his subject, which is passed to students with his enthusiasm. Very approachable, but also very professional. He is a credit to the university."

"Dr Brendan Coyle has made me love Criminology. I studied his module 'Police, Policing and Society'. We had late lectures on a Friday evening and early mornings, but every session was full of energy and fun. He made a real effort to engage the class and ensure everyone understood what was being discussed. He truly made every lecture a jot to be in. Seminars were equally as fun. We held big group discussions as well as working in small groups to really gather knowledge on a subject. He was a joy to be taught by.  I am definitely a lot happier in my choice of degree after being taught by Brendan. Thank you for making my love my degree!"

"Brendan has helped provide me with a vast array of options for after university, be it postgraduate study, or work and has helped me understand what steps I need to take to reach these next steps. He has given me confidence in my ability to succeed and always finds time for a meeting to help me discuss my options and is readily available for a discussion. He goes above and beyond to help students  achieve their full potential and provide the best help to prepare for life after undergraduate study."

"Brendan has been an exceptional aid to me and my empirical dissertation. Not only has he been able to support my work in improving the content, in particular giving guidance on interviewing techniques and arranging an interview schedule in order to gain the most data - but he has also been able to help me with one of my greatest issues, time management.     He has helped me set deadlines to work to and to work around my other work and commitments. Feedback has been excellent and has helped me improve my style of writing to make it more academic.     Most importantly: he has been able to not only stay calm on top of my sometimes, or always, irritating pestering, but to keep an upbeat and humorous work ethic."

Prof Christopher Harding

Prof Christopher Harding

Professor in Law

"Best teacher, makes the class interesting."

Ms Janice Holloway

Janice Holloway

Lecturer in Law

"For teaching in the module; Criminal Justice and Penal System. Providing extra help in the module and making both the lectures and seminars thoroughly enjoyable."

 

Dr Ffion Llewelyn

Dr Ffion Llewelyn

Lecturer in Law

"Ffion takes a personal interest in her students and really tries to help them grow at the university.     Last year, I was having a troubling year in my personal life and more importantly my health. I wanted to quit University and after going to see Ffion, she was genuinely interested in what I was going through and put the time and effort into research to explore my options. This year she has been equally supportive. Ffion has gone through every piece of coursework and exam papers to help identify weaknesses and strengths to improve myself this year. She has taken an interest in not only my academic career but my future and what I can do during my studies to improve myself. Her interest and support goes beyond my studies.     Without her help I probably wouldn't have returned this year, and so it is for these reasons I feel Ffion deserves to win Personal Tutor of the Year."

"I've got through a very hard time last semester due to illness and I wouldn't be possible for me to return to my studies without the help of Ffion Llywelyn!"

Mrs Heather Norris

Mrs Heather Norris

Teaching Fellow in Criminology

"Heather gave me confidence in my abilities when I thought I wasn't worthy of being at university. After years out of education, Heather's kind words, brilliant teaching and beautiful personality made me feel confidence in myself and inspired me to decide to become a lecturer one day. Thank you Heather Norris, you are an amazing staff member."

"As a mature student I can honestly say Heather has really made my learning experience interesting and very easy to engage in lecture. One of my favourite subjects thanks to Heather."

"Personal engagement, recorded feedback and lots of positive energy"

Dr Olaoluwa Olusanya

Dr Olaoluwa Olusanya

Senior Lecturerin Law

"Has set up projects that not only enhance learning but have practical applications after I leave university. For example the family law clinic and the Law and Social Justice in Practice module.    They are delivered well and both allow students to gain knowledge and experience which are all important for employability.   If you have any questions or problems Ola door is always open, which is good because outside of seminars he is willing to offer support to all of us."

"Dr Ola is an inspiring and passionate individual, making lectures engaging. He promotes real life scenarios, stories and articles which relate to the subject matter, which has inspired and opened me to the possibilities of areas to focus on for a dissertation topic."

Miss Jennifer Phipps

Miss Jennifer Phipps

Lecturer in Criminology

"Jen has been gone for a year, but she was my lecturer in first year - and now she is back! She is so dedicated and considerate to her students. I feel like Jen is like an open book, and I love how she often uses personal experiences etc as examples. It's hard to put down in words, but she doesn't only know what she is talking about - she is also great at actually teaching us, the students, and making sure we understand everything."

"Whilst I haven't personally needed much time with my personal tutors during my final year of university, the meetings I have had with Jen have been really beneficial. From the simple push I needed to seek advice from careers about what to do after graduating, and the help of who and where to seek it, to making me appreciate the good grades I achieved from semester 1. Her door is always open if students need support.    I've had a few personal tutors at my time in Aber (being a joint honours student and with staff leaving), and while some of the other meetings have seemed more like chores, advice from Jen has really given me the optimism and well needed push to achieve the best I can in my final semester of university, as well as post graduation."

Prof Ryszard Piotrowicz

Prof Ryszard Piotrowicz

Professor of Law

"Lecturer has a genuine enthusiasm for the topics he teaches and for teaching as a whole. He creates well detailed and comprehensive handouts which accompany his teaching style well. He engages students in a fun way throughout the lectures and is always open for questions. As well as covering what is required by the curriculum he relates the law to current news stories by showing and talking about a recent news story at the beginning of a lecture. He also uses his own knowledge of foreign cases and stories to compare the British law to that of other countries. Ryszard always manages to make a lecture interesting, engaging and tells the occasional joke or funny remark which makes him worth this award."

Dr Naomi Salmon

Dr Naomi Salmon

Lecturer in Law

"Without Naomi I am not sure I would have reached this point in my PhD!  Although I am only half way through my first year, coming back into education after a few years in employment was very difficult and at many times I doubted whether I was 'cut-out' to be here.  Naomi's ability to reassure me, whilst ensuring that my work stays on track, has brought out the best in me.  She trusts me to know what areas I should be concentrating on, but I always know that should I need any help, she is there to guide me.  As I have been told in numerous inductions/lectures, a supervisor does not just supervise the work, but also the student, and Naomi does a fantastic job at both!"

Ms Ann Sherlock

Ms Ann Sherlock

Senior Lecturer in Law

"Ann is an inspiring woman who genuinely cares for students, both academically and regarding their well-being. She is a friendly, approachable woman and I enjoy her style of teaching."