UKLA announces the winners of the NEU sponsored conference places 2018

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UKLA is delighted to announce the winners of the NEU sponsored International Conference places. Each year, the NEU sponsors up to 6 students from the shadowing programme to attend the Book Awards ceremony and UKLA International Conference. Participating tutors are invited to select up to two students who have made outstanding contributions and write brief statements in support of their nominees.

Lynda Graham, panel chair, writes: An unprecedented number of entries were received this year, and the panel enjoyed reading about creative ways in which students not only engaged with shadowing the UKLA Book awards, but also evidenced innovative practice on school placement and in engaging students, teachers in schools and the local community in the world of children’s books.

Our congratulations to the following students who join us at the UKLA International Conference this year to be honoured by NEU president Kiri Tunks:

  • Georgie Hendy and Scarlett Pannell, MARJON, Plymouth -nominated by Anne Bradley
  • Hayley Booth, Bishop Grosseteste-nominated by Helen Hendry
  • Claire Douglas, Cardiff Met- nominated by Jo Bowers
  • Claire Burnett, Cambridge-nominated by Elizabeth Rawlinson-Mills
  • Leah Houghton, UWE-nominated by Laura Manison- Shore

Panel: Lynda Graham (chair), James Clements, Phil Ferguson, Marion Hampton, Joanna Hasler, Kathryn Joy, Ruth Leask and Chris Lockwood.

Notes to editors:

Student shadowers. Each year UKLA HE members are invited to lead discussion groups of student teachers shadowing the UKLA Book Awards shortlists. Each tutor can lead a group shadowing one of the three award categories: 3-6, 7-11 and 12-16+. All students taking part are eligible to vote, and the winning authors of the student votes are honoured at the prestigious UKLA Book Awards Ceremony, part of the UKLA International Conference- all participating HE tutors and students are invited to this ceremony.

NEU sponsored International Conference places. Participating tutors are also invited to select up to two students who have made outstanding contributions to student shadowing and have also evidenced creative practice on school placement and in engaging students, teachers in schools and the local community in the world of children’s books.

They are asked to write brief statements in support of their nominees. The panel considers the strengths of each nomination in three key areas:

  • Engagement in the shadowing process beyond book group discussion (both on and off-line)
  • Innovative or effective practice using the books with children/in the classroom
  • Involvement in wider school/community initiatives involving reading/the books from shadowing

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