Tertiary Teaching Excellence award for Unitec lecturer

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    Hon Steven Joyce with John Davies.

Senior Lecturer John Davies from Performing and Screen Arts is the recipient of a 2014 Ako Aotearoa Tertiary Teaching Excellence Award. 

The national awards recognise and promote sustained excellence in tertiary teaching and are open to teachers from across the entire tertiary education sector with nominations being made by their organisations. 

"All of us at Unitec can share in the pride of the achievement of Senior Lecturer John Davies who received his award at the Beehive last night,” says Dr Rick Ede, Chief Executive of Unitec. 

“John's view of a good teacher is one who has 'patience, insight, a body of experience and knowledge in the field, but also, who asks what does this student need, and how can I provide the correct environment for their learning?' John's students have thrived on their study programmes and as graduates, and they heavily endorse him.” 

Mr Davies, the fourth Unitec recipient in three consecutive years, is delighted with his award. 

“It was a wonderful evening and a real honour to be in the company of such dedicated and passionate teachers.  I salute my Unitec colleagues who inspire and guide me and ultimately the award is for the students because I have learned everything from them.” 

This year Unitec had three candidates nominated for the Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards: John Davies (Performing and Screen Arts), Karen Haines (Te Puna Ako) and Rob Humphreys (The Built Environment). 

Last year Unitec took home two national awards when nursing lecturer Sue White and building technology lecturer Kamuka Pati were recognised for excellence.