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First-year Achievement Awards




First-year Achievement Awards / Eerstejaarsprestasietoekennings / Amabhaso eMpumelelo waBafundi boNyaka wokuQala​

The First Year Achievement Awards aims to recognise lecturers who had a positive influence on the academic experience of first year students.

It also recognises top performing first-year students within each faculty.

These students are asked to nominate one lecturer, whom they consider to have had a positive influence on their academic experience during their first year.

Both the students and nominated lecturers are invited to attend a prestigious dinner.

The Vice-Rector (Teaching and Learning), a number of Faculty Deans and Vice-Deans (Teaching and Learning), amongst others, also attend this prestigious event.

Good teaching involves the ability to engage students in learning.  It involves acknowledging the different social contexts students come from in order to meet them 'where they are' and taking them on a journey to 'where they need to be.'  It also involves creating meaningful learning experiences for students to carry with them throughout their lives.  At this function, lecturers who practice good teaching and therefore enable students to improve their academic performance will be honoured. 

Students might have faced challenges in order to improve their academic performance; they might have had to overcome obstacles to succeed against all odds:  these students deserve to be recognised for their commitment and determination that resulted in academic improvement and achievements.

Contact person:  Jean Farmer (jeanlee@sun.ac.za)


List of recipients

FYAA 201​9 winners.pdf

FYAA Winners 2018.pdf

2017 recipients.pdf







Power point presentations displayed on the evening

First-Year Achievement Awa​rds 2019.pptx

FinalFirst-Year Achievement Awards 2018.pptx

First-Year Achievement Awards 2017 final.pptx

Power Point 2016.pdf

Power Point 2014.pdf

Power Point 2013.pdf

Power Point 2011.pdf

Official photographs

Official photographs 2019:  Click ​here

Official photographs 2018:  Click here

Official photographs 2017:  Click here

Official photographs 2016.docx

Official photographs 2015.docx