School of Social and Political Science

SPS staff recognised for outstanding teaching at the EUSA Teaching Awards 2021


Edinburgh University Students' Association announced the winners of its 2021 Teaching Awards yesterday, with colleagues at the School of Social and Political Science (SPS) picking up awards for Teacher of the Year and Outstanding Course, for the course Race and Ethnicity. 

Teacher of the Year (For the University’s College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences) – Elizabeth Bomberg

Congratulations to Elizabeth Bomberg, Professor of Environmental Politics, who won the Teacher of the Year Award in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

Students who nominated Elizabeth said:

“She is kind, approachable and wonderfully enthusiastic…Elizabeth goes above and beyond each week to maximise our learning and understanding, whether it be through her lectures, our lively live seminar discussions, providing clear and personalised feedback on our reading reflections, or through the myriad of extra events, podcasts, readings and resources that she signposts us to. I find Elizabeth's teaching style to be clear, thorough and interesting…” 

Learn more about studying Politics and International Relations at SPS

Outstanding course – Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity picked up the award for Outstanding Course. It is run by Katucha Bento and Shaira Vadasaria, lecturers in Race and Decolonial Studies, and Nasar Meer, Personal Chair of Race, Identity and Citizenship. Congratulations to Katucha, Shaira and Nasar.

Students who nominated this course said:

“It has provided me with invaluable knowledge and the combination of lectures, readings and seminars has pushed me to think more critically and in a different way than to how I did at the start of this semester…What's more, the knowledge gained has proved extremely useful outside of academic contexts and in my life more generally – I have been able to have informed discussions about contemporary issues to do with race/racism and understanding the legacy of colonialism with family members, friends and colleagues.” 

The Race and Ethnicity course is an optional course, open to undergraduate Sociology students in their third year.

Find out more about Race and Ethnicity in the Degree Programme Table.

Well done and congratulations to everyone at SPS who was shortlisted and nominated for the Teaching Awards this year.

Find out more

View the full list of winners on the EUSA website.

View the role of honour showing all the nominees.