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First-year Achievement Awards ​2022
Author: Centre for Teaching and Learning | Sentrum vir Onderrig en Leer
Published: 08/08/2022

​​First-year Achievement Awards ​

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On 28 July 2022, Prof Deresh Ramjugernath, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Learning and Teaching, hosted Stellenbosch University's annual First-year Achievement Awards at STIAS. Dr Antoinette van der Merwe, senior director of the Division of Learning and Teaching Enhancement, served as master of ceremonies for the evening. At this prestige event, the top 33 first-year students of the previous year are awarded, alongside the lecturers they nominated for having had a profound impact on their learning. This year's awards evening was the first in two years to be held face to face. Students, lecturers, deans and vice-deans all sat down for dinner and relaxed conversation. A guest panel comprising Ms Ebrezia Johnson (Law), Prof Karin-Therese Howell (Mathematics) and Dr Philip Southey (Science) shared their experiences of teaching with humanity and empathy, and the importance of students' engagement in their own learning. The three panellists are lecturers who themselves have been nominated by first-year students multiple times. 

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Mutual admiration: Arts and Social Sciences' Dr Anita Jonker (left) was nominated by top student Ms Lerato Nkosi.

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Celebrating Science students and lecturers: Pictured are (from left) students Jean Weight, Danielle Kleyn and Iain le Roux, who all nominated Prof Hugo Touchette (fifth from right). Marelie Bester (fourth from left) is standing next to her nominated lecturer, Ms Rehana Malgas-Enus. From the right are Prof Deresh Ramjugernath (Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Learning and Teaching), lecturer Ms Elizabeth Burger and the student who nominated her, Kyle Louw, and Prof Ingrid Rewitzky, Science's Vice-Dean: Learning and Teaching. 

Edited and translated by the Language Centre