The annual Reading University Student’s Union (RUSU) Excellence Awards recognise staff who display excellent and innovative teaching practice. Students at the University of Reading were asked to nominate staff who had gone above and beyond expectations.
Dina won the award as a Teaching Assistance for the postgraduate module Securities, Futures and Options (SFO), which she taught for the first time this year. Her previous award was for the undergraduate Econometrics module which she taught during her Masters studies.
Student nominations recognised Dina’s creative teaching with one student mentioning:
“She is a great teaching assistant with passion and love for the students. Helped us through the semester with a very difficult module and made the difficult parts understandable. I would not have scored an A without her”.
Dina commented on the award:
“I was thrilled to learn that I had won this award a second time – this year, for postgraduate SFO. I must say that the best part was reading the more personal nominations, in which students used words like ‘kind’, ‘patient’ and ‘friend’. I really felt that they appreciated my effort and knew I was committed to their success. I would like to wholeheartedly thank them for making this win possible!”Dina Ghanma
Dr Konstantina Kappou, Associate Professor in Finance and module convenor for SFO shared her thoughts on the achievement:
“Congratulations to Dina, who won the RUSU TA Excellence award for the second time. Dina has a genuine interest in teaching and always keeps students engaged. More importantly, she manages to pass the message across by posing the right questions, which is something that students with different backgrounds highly appreciate. Dina helped a lot of students on a one-to-one basis and I am grateful for her hard work and commitment. I look forward to working with her again next year.”Dr Konstantina Kappou
Next year Dina will continue teaching postgraduate students the SFO and Portfolio Management module.
In our latest blog, Dina discusses her best practice teaching methods which the students liked. Read the full blog here.