Tutors of the year (Lifelong Learning)
This year we have had 2 awards for Tutor of the Year: June Forster and Beth Head
June Forster (Art and Design)
“Big,Big Thanks to June, who has a heart as big as her sense of humour ( which is enormous.)”
You know where June is teaching because you will hear laughter and enthusiasm spills out of the room; but there is a great deal of learning happening as she shares her extensive knowledge. As a result of her courses she has enabled students to form self-help groups who exhibit regularly. One student writes. “ We are given clear instructions, sound advice, encouraged to research but most of all we are encouraged and complimented on our efforts (from an anonymous student)
From the Art and Design Coordinator: Alison Pierse
June began her journey to become an artist in 1996 when she attended an Aberystwyth University drawing course in Ystrad Meurig. The tutor believed that anyone could be taught to draw and that art is for everyone and this positive outlook proved to be very inspiring.
Once she felt more confident in my drawing skills, she attended an course at Coleg Ceredigion to enable her to progress on to the BA and MA Fine Art at the School of Art, Aberystwyth. It was here that she first had the opportunity to obtain teaching experience as part of the Master's course. At around the same time, seeing her potential for as a great role model and excellent communicator, I asked June to assist at the Gregynog Summer School, she found working with adult learners so rewarding and decided to become a tutor herself.
She also teaches drawing and painting to undergraduates at the School of Art. This year she finished my Art Practice PhD; she is able to draw on plenty of experience in practical art to pass on skills and enthusiasm; both to those just starting out and to those who have completed many courses with Lifelong Learning.
She states”, I have learnt a great deal from my students over the years and it is thanks to them and to the generosity of my own tutors along the way that I have had such an interesting, enjoyable and rewarding journey. “
Beth Head (Humanities)
Beth Head is an academic and creative writer living in Tre’r Ddol. She has published short stories online, and in University anthologies in Aberystwyth and Sheffield. Her work was chosen to appear in “The Best Of…” Sheffield Hallam publication for her postgraduate year, and in 2011 she contributed the chapter: “Patricia Cornwell: A Normal Pathology?” to The Millennial Detective: Essays on Trends in Crime Fiction, Film and Television, 1990-2010 (Malcah Effron (Ed), MacFarland: North Carolina - 2011). She taught English Literature to Aberystwyth University undergraduates for 4 years before joining SELL, where she developed the Writing in Genre module, and has recently offered a revamp of the Writing as a Creative Process module. She teaches both Literature and Creative Writing modules, and thoroughly enjoys it. She holds a BA in English from Aberystwyth University, an MA in Creative Writing from Sheffield Hallam University, and an MPhil in English Literature from Aberystwyth University. She is currently writing a novel, but to appease her bank manager she also works in Aberystwyth University’s Payroll Department.
[A few words on Beth Head by Liz Jones, Humanities Coordinator…]
‘Beth is a warm and inspiring presence in the classroom - she really understands lifelong learners and knows what motivates them. Her courses are participative and great fun – but they also rigorous, both academically and creatively. I am so pleased that Beth has won this award – she is someone who puts in a great deal of time and preparation to make learning a pleasure for all her students.’