Paul Gummer

Award for Sustained Excellence in Tertiary Teaching

Senior Lecturer, School of Photography, Art & Design Universal College of Learning

“When people find their passion, I believe doors open for them to achieve excellence.”

The pursuit of excellence guides Paul’s photography and teaching career. He passionately mentors students to achieve their highest potential and a great many become award winners. He provides a holistic learning environment where the students are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning. “The key to Paul’s excellence in teaching is his ability to motivate, he always pushed me to achieve at the highest level. This created a flow-on effect into other areas of my life”

Paul’s commitment to preparing students for the industry is outstanding. He facilitates a variety of opportunities for his students to present their work, using real life settings that challenge them to think creatively and apply their theoretical knowledge. Endorsement of Paul’s creative approach to preparing students is summed up by a previous student “Paul constantly suggests ‘real world’ work and projects. These are both commercially real and hypothetical, but give students …. experiences that ease their transition into the work force. I directly attribute my industry full-time employment to Paul’s support.”

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Paul Gummer - Recipient of a 2015 Ako Aotearoa Tertiary Teaching Excellence Award