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The University reclaims the role of teachers through the Social Council Awards

Seven lecturers from each Faculty of the University of Alicante received their awards 

Social Council Chairman reclaimed the awards for teaching excellence as a means to reaffirm the rationale of Universities.




Alicante, 8 May 2015

The University of Alicante has hosted this morning the  awards for teaching excellence that were delivered by the Social Council with the aim of reinforcing the role of teachers and reaffirming the values that - from their origins - constitute the rationale of universities, as pointed out by Social Council chairman Francisco Gómez in his speech.

The ceremony started with a keynote lecture by Prof Laureano González Vega, winner of University of Granada Educational innovation Awards, who highlighted the relevance of the teacher's concept in education from all perspectives, both in class and teaching research, as well as in their administrative role and as evaluator's.

The person who was once responsible for the evaluation of more than 5,000 undergraduate degrees, master's and doctoral programmes -through the Spanish National Agency for Quality Assessment and Accreditation (ANECA)- has assessed very positively the recognition of teachers through the awards delivered by the Social Council.

The leading role, after the intervention of Gonzalez Vega, has been given to the award-winning lecturers, who, after the intervention of their respective deans, have passed over the stage to accept their awards.

The closing ceremony was performed by University of Alicante President Manuel Palomar, who congratulated the winners for being creditors of the distinction made thanks to their work and to the Social Council initiative. Palomar has highlighted the quality of teaching at the University of Alicante and underlined the importance of the promotion of the academic staff, something that, unfortunately, has been hampered by the restrictions on the university staff turnover and he claimed that higher education and research should be considered not as an expense but as an investment.


Award-winning lecturers

Fernando Torres, from the Department of Physics, Systems Engineering and Sign Theory, has accepted his award from the university registrar and member of the Social Council Aranzazu Calzada, after the speech by Polytechnic School Director Andrés Montoyo.

Torres considered the award a recognition of his teaching career at the University of Alicante and of the progress he has made for the craetion of new experiences such as virtual teaching labs via the Internet so that students can better interact with their practicals at any time.

Diana Gil, from the Department of Community Nursing, Preventive Medicine & Public Health and History of Science, was the second award winner, being this time Francisco Irles, chairman of Social Council Academic Affairs Committee the person who handed out the award. The intervention of Faculty of Health Sciences Dean José Antonio Hurtado took place right before.

Diana pointed out that this is a recognition of the team work, not just of one person but the whole learning process with all  my colleagues along the years I have been working here with them and my students".

The third award-winning lecturer was Francesc Xavier Llorca, from the Department of Catalan Studies and the award was handed out by Council Council Chairman for Relations with Society Antonio Carbonell, and his presentation was conducted by Faculty of Education Dean María Ángeles Martínez.

Francesc Xavier reported the importance of teaching surveys for him as students have recognised his worth after 25 years working for this University and so it is this award from the Social Council, that is in the end the representation of Alicante society that shows us the path to be followed.

Juanjo Tarí, from the Department of Business Organisation, assigned to the Faculty of Economic and Business sciences, accepted the award by the hand of Jacobo Navarro, Director-General of the Evaluation and Prospective Valencia Agency and Juan Luis Nicolau, Dean of the Faculty, who presented the nominee.

Juanjo Tarí reported that the award is a satisfaction for him, a reinforment to keep on showing an interest for the teaching activity, which he believes should be as imprtant as research.

Nuria Fernández, from the Department of Commercial Law and Procedural Law, received the award from Luisa pastor, Alicante Provincial Council President and member of the Social Council. Pedro José Femenía, Dean of the Faculty of Law made the presentation.

Fernández explained that the award is a special recognition of the work performed, with special emphasis in her particpation in research projects, committees and the design and implementation of the new undergraduate degrees.

Rosa Martínez Espinosa, from the Department of Agro-Chemistry and Bio-Chemistry, accepted the award from Social Council Chairman Francisco Gómez, after her presentation by Faculty of Sciences Dean Luis Gras.

Rosa Martínez highlighted the relevance of this award for her, a recognition of her career by her own colleagues and students. An award to a long-life's work of implementing new courses, of trying to better connect the teaching activity to the different edutational levels through innovation.

José Miguel Santacreu, from the Department of Contemporary Humanities, was the last to collect his award, handed over by University of Alicante President Manuel Palomar and presented by Faculty of Arts Dean Juan Francisco Mesa.

Santacreu valued the award very positively since it is an accolade to university teaching which is not sufficiently recognised as it has been reasearch always to be first and devoting onself to the teaching activity has always meant leaving a bit behind the research scope.



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