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.
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:
- Individual Excellence: evidence of promoting and enhancing the student experience.
- Raising the Profile of Excellence: evidence of supporting colleagues and influencing support for student learning in (and, if appropriate, beyond) the University, through demonstrating impact and engagement beyond the nominee's immediate academic or professional role.
- Developing Excellence: the nominee's commitment to her/his ongoing professional development with regard to teaching and learning and/or learning support.
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:
- The nature of the position within the University held by the candidate, and the length of time they have been engaged in teaching or supporting learning in higher education. The panel recognises that significant, sustained and rigorous commitment to teaching will look different at different stages of the academic career and in different disciplines.
- The extent to which both specific claims and more general conclusions made within the submission documents are clear and well-supported.
- The extent to which the submission documents when considered together present a coherent case for excellence.
- The extent to which the evidence presented relates to achievement within recent years.
- The extent to which the evidence presented demonstrates intellectual engagement with teaching. This should involve evidence of an academically rigorous approach, coherence, and evaluation. It does not require a record of teaching publication but where this exists it can be taken into account along with impact on teaching, learning and the student experience more broadly.
- Paradigm-shifting and highly innovative work will be considered where it forms part of an overall career commitment to teaching and can be accompanied by evidence of positive impact.
Teaching Excellence Awards 2016/2017
For general information and guidance about the Awards, please see the following guidance document:
Submitting a case for a Teaching Excellence Award
For advice about the operation of the scheme and the process of developing a case for submission, please see below.
Submissions should comprise of:
- A statement by the candidate of not more than three sides of A4 (approximately 1500 words) detailing his/her eligibility against the published criteria. Evidence that demonstrates longer term impact on the student learning experience should be integrated into the main case document as part of the overall case presented. This evidence should be presented contextually with appropriate commentary to ensure that it can be understood by reviewers outside the home School or other unit within which the candidate is based, or other unit within which the candidate is based.
- A short CV with a teaching focus.
- A citation by the Head of School or alternate of not more than one side of A4 relating to the same criteria (appropriate alternates could be Heads of Discipline/Division for example). A template with guidance notes is available below:
- A completed cover form, available below:
In the first instance, nominations should be sent to the listed Faculty administrative contact by the Faculty-specific date, specified each year:
- Faculty of Science and Engineering: Submissions should be sent to Rosemary Tomkinson (firstname.lastname@example.org) - closing date 27 March 2017 (FSE provide additional support once nominees have been decided).
- Faculty of Humanities: Submissions should be sent to Carol Rowlinson (email@example.com) - closing date 27 April 2017.
- Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health: Submissions should be sent to Wayne Bulbrook (firstname.lastname@example.org) - closing date 25 April 2017.
- Library and Cultural Institutions, Academic Services and Professional Support Services: Submissions should be sent to Teaching.email@example.com - closing date 28 April 2017.
The Faculty will then conduct a first sift before submitting the strongest cases to the institutional panel according to the maximum number of cases specified above.
The institutional deadline for Faculties to submit their nominations is set each year.
Nominations should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by 12 May 2017. Faculty submissions after this date are by prior arrangement only.
For further information on the operation of the Teaching Excellence Awards please contact:
- Teaching.email@example.com, based in the Teaching and Learning Support Office (TLSO).
Winners of the 2015/2016 Awards
Information about the Award Winners of the Teaching Excellence Awards for 2015/16 is available below: