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Sam Lyle: Department of Sociology

Sam Lyle
Sam started teaching in HE whilst doing her MA, having been invited to contribute to the universities’ Aim Higher programme. Feedback from the students was so positive that she was asked to participate for a further four years. She received equally high praise from students and staff when she became a departmental sessional tutor. Her passion for the subject discipline is evident and underpins her approach to teaching.

Her inclusive approach to teaching and support for students are praised by staff and students. A colleague states “she has always been exemplary, finding time for students who need either emotional or intellectual support, going way beyond her expected teaching duties”. This empathetic approach is also evident when using innovative techniques such as Open Space Learning. Sam has also taken innovation beyond the classroom delivery to include peer feedback; running a session where students share their assessments and feedback to work collaboratively to understand the essay and marking process.

students say...

Sam recognises that we are a group made up of many ages and different learning needs and offers her time to enable us to reach the best of our abilities

staff say...

There are a significant number of students whose experience at University has been enhanced by being lucky enough to be taught by Sam