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Teaching Excellence Awards

Recognising and Rewarding Achievement: The Teaching Excellence Awards

The Teaching Excellence Awards recognise colleagues who have demonstrated a significant and sustained commitment to excellence in teaching, excellence in supporting teaching.

Launched in 2005-06, the Teaching Excellence Awards recognise individuals’ achievement in relation to teaching, learning and the student experience over recent years. The award criteria are based on those used by the Higher Education Academy for the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme, and include promoting and enhancing the student experience, raising the profile of teaching excellence, and showing a commitment to ongoing professional development.  Both academic and related colleagues teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels are eligible for these awards.  The Award consists of a £5000 grant to be used by recipients over a period of up to three years to develop their teaching or career.

Guidance to winners on claiming funding

The following document contains information about activities that may be funded using Teaching Excellence award monies.

Background

The Teaching Excellence Awards focus on achievement in relation to teaching, learning and the student experience over recent years. A case should include evidence of an academically rigorous approach, coherence and evaluation of activity.  The Award consists of a £5000 grant to be used by recipients to develop teaching and learning activities or to support their own career development in this area. The period of award is three years. The University makes around 6 awards annually and may also issue commendations at the discretion of the decision panel.

Both academic and related colleagues involved in the delivery of teaching or the preparation of material for teaching at undergraduate or postgraduate levels are eligible for these awards.

The awards will be decided by a panel chaired by the Vice-President (Teaching, Learning and Students) or his nominee. The panel will have representation from all Faculties.

There will be a maximum number of candidates that can be put forward to the University decision panel therefore each Faculty will need to consider all cases put forward to them and will select cases to be considered at the University level.

The University panel will consider a maximum of 5 candidates from each of the Faculties of Science and Engineering, Humanities, and Biology, Medicine and Health, and a maximum of 3 candidates jointly from the Library and Cultural Institutions, Academic Services and the Professional Support Services who will convene their own pre-selection panel.

Criteria for Award

The underpinning principles of the Teaching Excellence Awards should include a career commitment to teaching. Significant one-off achievement/innovation and rising stars should be recognised via the Teacher of the Year scheme (one of the University’s Distinguished Achievement Medals). Please note that information on the Teacher of the Year scheme is sent to Faculty Deans and senior PSS leaders by the President’s Office and is not part of this process.

The criteria for award are:

These criteria are based on the criteria used by the Higher Education Academy for the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme.

In making judgements against these criteria the panel will consider the following: