Hartpury teachers are the tops – lecturers scoop awards double


Two Hartpury lecturers have been honoured as the best in the West after being put forward for prestigious awards by their students.

Dr Tamara Montrose and Helen Jones both picked up prizes at the University of the West of England Student Union (UWESU) Student-led Teaching Awards. This annual event celebrates the work of tutors and lecturers in a range of categories across UWE, of which Hartpury is an associate faculty.

Dr Montrose, who is the programme tutor for the popular BSc Animal Behaviour and Welfare course, scooped the Academic Personal Tutor award. One of her students said: “Tamara is a very good lecturer. She always gives as much detail on the subjects as possible without it being too overpowering and daunting.

“She is approachable and always there to help when needed. It doesn't seem to matter how many students she has, she will always promptly e-mail back or fit you in for a chat.”

Tamara has a longstanding interest in animal behaviour and evolutionary biology. Her research interests are within the fields of sexual selection, sexual conflict, animal welfare and animal personality.

Dr Montrose said: “It’s so rewarding to know that my students value my efforts in keeping them up to date with the latest developments in the subject area and the advice that I give to help them all succeed.”

Hartpury Agriculture tutor, Helen Jones, won the Inspiration Award at a partner college. One of her students said: “Helen always makes the effort to take us out into the industry and on fantastic trips that are inspirational and make me happy that I am going into the farming industry in such a tough time!

“She will always be there for help, tutorials, or just a friendly chat and encourages us to be the best we possibly can. She has guided me and supported me through tough decisions about my future career and without her help and kindness, I still wouldn’t have a clue what lay ahead of me.”

Helen studied Geography and Environmental Management at UWE, Bristol and then went on to complete a Masters at Harper Adams University in Sustainable Agriculture. In 2009, she joined the Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group in Somerset as a Farm Conservation Adviser before joining Hartpury.

Her main research interests are in the impact of agri-environment schemes on grassland species diversity, and linking farming and conservation. She continues to have an active role in farm consultancy and a family sheep farm.

Helen said: ‘I love working with the students across the animal and land science programmes at Hartpury. I particularly enjoy transferring my own agriculture industry experience to the students and hope that this helps ensure they are thoroughly equipped to enter the world of work.”

Other Hartpury tutors shortlisted for awards were Phillip Greenwell (programme tutor, Foundation Degree of Science Animal Behaviour and Welfare), Kevin Ball (programme tutor, Foundation Degree of Art Sports Business Management) and Alan Hill (Head of Department, Animal and Land Science).

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