Dr Rob Keeley has been awarded the Teaching Excellence Award for Quality Feedback, by the King’s Academy.
“It came as a huge surprise, naturally. I had genuinely never thought of my teaching as anything exceptional – perfectly okay, but nothing out of the ordinary. But I’ve always taken feedback in my composition tutorials very seriously, so this recognition is a great pleasure for me. And as I’m about to take early retirement, it’s fortuitously timed!” says Rob.
Rob was nominated by students for his engaged approach to student feedback, in particular the way he encouraged students to track their progress by comparing work now with work in the past.
Rob uses feedback not to impose his own approach, but to ensure students improve their work while developing their own particular voice. Students remark on his humility, but also the widespread influence he has had on the success of music students at King’s.
“[Winning this Award] puts a crown on my 25 years at King’s College. A lovely goodbye gift,” says Rob.
King’s Teaching Excellence Awards are a student-led awards to recognise the teaching staff at King’s in various categories and are highly competitive. There were more than 2,200 nominations, of which 344 were in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.
Congratulations to all those who were shortlisted and to those who received their Awards.