I have taken several courses in which Dr Shaw was either the lecturer or co-ordinator. I have found few lecturers as good.
Sylvie's strengths are an ability to engage with her students at any level, coupled with an ability to very clearly explain precisely what is required of her students, and excellent accessibility. She is always available to discuss problems with the course, even without the necessity of a formal appointment. Only if she is due at a lecture, or is already engaged with another student is her door closed.
Her courses tend to be more practical than many others, while still containing necessary theoretical concepts.