Student led teaching award for Dr David Ceri Jones
In the recent Aberystwyth University Student-Led Teaching Awards, David Ceri Jones was delighted to be receive a 'Highly Commended' award in the Outstanding Teacher of the Year category. David, who has pioneered the teaching of trans-national history, especially Atlantic History, in the department, was praised in particular for his charismatic lecturing, the research-led nature of his seminars, and his willingness to be always available to students. Speaking after the ceremony, David said: "This award is particularly important and special because it is nominated by the students themselves; it makes all the hard work over many years more than worthwhile".
Dr Susan Davies awarded Ellis Prize
We are delighted to announce that The Archives and Records Association has awarded Dr Susan Davies The Ellis Prize in recognition of her 'excellence as an educator and provider of expert advice on archives’.
Dr Davies taught at the Department of History and Welsh History between 1979 and 2008 and was responsible for establishing our MA in Heritage Studies (Link to details). Since leaving the department, Susan has worked with the Heritiage Lottery Fund.
Excellent results for History in NSS 2016...
Aberystwyth University’s History Department has achieved an impressive score of 95% for overall student satisfaction in a UK-wide survey - significantly higher than the UK figure of 86%.
The Department received strong results overall, with the 2016 National Student Survey (NSS) also recording scores of 94% for the quality of teaching, 92% for its academic support and 90% for learning resources and organisation and management.
The History Department’s achievements are part of a wider success story at Aberystwyth University which has been rated in the top ten across the UK for overall student satisfaction and first in Wales in this year’s NSS.
Dr Martyn Powell, Head of History at Aberystwyth University, said: “After increases in all NSS scores in 2015, with the exception of overall satisfaction which remained level, the Department of History and Welsh History recognised that it would be a considerable challenge to improve again. Yet the 2016 results have gone one better and showed increases in every single area. Teaching has gone up from a creditable 90% to 94%, whilst overall satisfaction is now at 95%.
“These results reflect the department’s mission to provide research-led teaching throughout its offering, with an accent on small groups (both essay tutorials and seminars) and a sociable, tight-knit atmosphere. This was reflected in particular in the academic support category; our marks here are well above the sector average, both as a department and in our flagship single honours V100 History degree. The results for the latter this year were especially notable, teaching satisfaction being at 98 per cent and overall satisfaction at 97 per cent. There has never been a better time to study History at Aberystwyth.”
The National Student Survey (NSS) collects data from 155 of the UK’s Higher Education Institutions and is recognised as an influential source of information for prospective students when considering their options.
If you’re interested in studying at Aberystwyth University’s History Department and finding out why our students are so satisfied with their courses, it’s not too late. We still have some clearing places left for the 2016-17 academic year or come along and visit during one of our Open Days.
The NSS figures follow closely on the heels of the latest employability figures for UK universities which showed that 92% of History graduates were in work or further study six months after leaving Aberystwyth University.
The National Student Survey is carried out annually by IPSOS Mori on behalf of all the UK’s higher education funding councils and other bodies, interviewing around 312,000 final year students in Wales, England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
But don’t just take our word for it… here is what our students say about studying History in Aberystwyth: