Success at the Faculty Partnership Awards 2020

This year's awards have recognised the School of English for inspirational teaching, with nominations for student wellbeing and PhD supervision.

The Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures Partnership Awards annually honor the talents of our staff and students across several schools and disciplines.

This year, Dr Richard De Ritter (School of English) was commended for ‘Inspirational Teaching’ – defined as harnessing a passion and dedication for a subject to inspire others to be ambitious, enthusiastic and open to developing new ideas.     

What sets him apart is his openness and happiness to learn from the ideas of his students, as well as teach them. This effortlessly fosters an encouraging, stimulating and inclusive learning environment. He is clearly passionate about his teaching, encouraging his students to be the same, and his seminars and lectures are always fantastically engaging.

Nomination praise for Dr De Ritter, Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures Partnership Awards 2020

“Richard is a gifted, committed and popular teacher,” adds Dr Fiona Douglas, Director of Student Education.

“We are fortunate indeed to have him as the School's Deputy Director of Student Education – a role in which he excels, supporting students and colleagues alike.”

Shortlisted nominees

We also congratulate the following nominees from our School:

  • Bethan Artro Morris, (Student) for ‘Wellbeing’

  • Dr Catherine Batt, (Staff) for ‘Supervisor/Supervising PhD Thesis/Theses’

  • Dr David Higgins, (Staff) for ‘Supervisor/Supervising PhD Thesis/Theses’.


The awards are run in collaboration with the wider Leeds Partnership Awards, hosted by Leeds University Union.