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Chemistry PhD Student wins YUSU "GTA of the Year"

Posted on 12 June 2018

Congratulations to Mark Dowsett who has won the "Graduate Teaching Assistant of the Year" award in the 2018 York University Student Union (YUSU) Excellence Awards.

The award was announced at the YUSU "Showcasing Excellence" event on Friday 8 June, and was presented to second-year PhD student Mark Dowsett by YUSU Chemistry course representative, Alvaro Lopez-Acosta.

The students who nominated Mark for the award wrote: "Mark manages to strike this perfect balance between being approachable, professional and informative when he is acting as a lab demonstrator."

Mark said "I am very pleased to have won this award and have enjoyed following one particular group of second year students this academic year. It was a further pleasure to have the award presented by Alvaro, who is one of the students I have taught this year."

In considering nominees for the GTA of the Year award, judges look for “Graduate Teaching Assistants who deliver quality, enthusiastic teaching that brings a fresh perspective to module content. These nominees are knowledgeable, reliable and always give constructive advice to students.”

In addition to Mark Dowsett winning GTA of the Year, Dr Seishi Shimizu from the Department of Chemistry was nominated for the ‘Most Inspiring’ staff member award, in recognition of his contributions to teaching Biochemistry students.

The YUSU Excellence Awards allow students to celebrate the work of staff across the University of York who have a positive impact on their academic experience. The Awards are entirely student-led, and recognise the teachers and staff who are making an outstanding contribution to students’ lives.