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School of Social Sciences collects two Distinguished Achievement Awards

19 July 2017

An undergraduate and a teacher in the School of Social Sciences have won awards in a ceremony held to celebrate outstanding performance across the University of Manchester.

Judges commented that undergraduate Maria Beatriz Correira Santos was “a brilliant example of a Manchester student”, while Dr Nick Shyrane had been described as someone who “should be dipped in gold”.

Nominees for Undergraduate Students of the Year were judged on their exceptional contribution to the life of the University and academic achievement. Maria Beatriz Correia Santos (Beatriz) has just completed her Philosophy programme and impressed the judges as an outstanding philosopher whose academic performance is the best achieved by an undergraduate at her level in Manchester.

By the end of her second year, Beatriz had contributed to academic conferences, published a paper in an undergraduate journal and won numerous awards for her ideas.

She has also made a wider contribution to her department and to the life of her fellow students through her work as a student representative, President of the Philosophy Society, peer mentor and student ambassador.

Her talent, commitment, energy, sense of responsibility to her colleagues and her modesty make her an amazing prospect for a glittering future career in philosophy.

Winners in the Teachers of the Year category were chosen on the basis of outstanding teaching, motivational approach and commitment to excellence and innovation in education.

One of Dr Nick Shryane’s students expressed this more directly, stating that, as a teacher, Nick "should be dipped in gold".

Nick has the enviable gift of being able to make the complexities of advanced statistics accessible to students from a variety of backgrounds. Using a variety of face-to-face and online delivery styles, Nick has inspired his students by personalising their learning and by making his teaching clear and engaging. He has even used a tea towel to communicate the complex statistical technique of structural equation modelling!

Nick demystifies and democratises statistics, dispensing with irrelevant jargon and concentrating on the underlying concepts, an endeavour which is appreciated by his students.

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