Matthew Boakes has been recognised at the 2022 Graduate and Researcher College Prize ceremony for his teaching contributions to Computing and Engineering.
The Graduate and Researcher College (GRC) support and challenge all postgraduate students and academic and research staff at Kent to grow. The 2022 GRC prizes recognise the outstanding contribution by postgraduates throughout the year.
Here’s what Matthew had to say:
“I am incredibly humbled to have been awarded this year’s GRC Postgraduate Teacher Prize 2022. First, I want to express my sincere gratitude to Anna Jordanous, who did not hesitate and was overly willing and accommodating to provide a letter of recommendation to support my application (at a somewhat late notice of the deadline).
Second, I have always enjoyed my teaching commitments at Kent in supporting foundation level students through to master’s level across a range of modules in the School of Engineering and School of Computing, sometimes to the detriment of my research goals and timelines. However, the feedback from students in helping them overcome difficulties and understand topics has always made it worthwhile to me.
Truthfully, I’m not sure what I will spend the money on yet as hopefully (fingers crossed) I am coming towards the end of my PhD journey. Still, I hope to find a good use for it in potentially future research or development opportunities.
Finally, I would like to thank all the students who have provided me with both positive and constructive feedback to adapt my teaching and the GRC for recognising my achievement. Winning this prize further encourages me to pursue a career in education and academia.”
For more about the Graduate and Researcher College and the 2022 Prizes, take a look at the GRC website.