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Teaching awards

There are a number of Teaching Awards available to recognise colleagues who have demonstrated a significant and sustained commitment to excellence in teaching. These have been summarised below into Faculty awards, University awards and External awards.

The Faculty award is for recognising collaborative team work and creativity that positively impacts the student experience. The University awards focus on individuals who have been nominated for awards by academic colleagues and students, for example, Teacher of the Year and Supervisor of the Year. The External awards are a mixture of individual and team nominations that are usually co-ordinated by the Teaching and Learning Support Office.

Faculty awards

Team Awards for Teaching and Learning (TATL)

Each year, the Academy for Education and Professional Development award up to six Team Awards for Teaching and Learning (TATL).  These awards are designed to recognise and reward teams who are making a real difference to student experience and have enabled a change in practice for colleagues and/or students. They celebrate collaborative work as well as creativity and innovative practice that positively impacts the student experience.

The closing date each year is 31 July and successful teams will be announced at the annual Academy Celebration Event which takes place each September.

University awards

Distinguished Achievement Awards

In late September, the President and Vice-Chancellor invite each Faculty to nominate one individual to receive the Teacher of the Year award.  This is one award amongst a number of Distinguished Achievement Awards across the University.  The nominee should be an individual whose teaching over the previous year has been outstanding.  They must demonstrate an ability to communicate ideas effectively, motivate and stimulate students to learn, and show a commitment to innovation and excellence in education. 

Within FBMH, the Teaching, Learning and Student Experience team co-ordinate the nomination process between October and January ready for submission in early February to the Office of the President and Vice Chancellor.  The Awards and Honours Group meet in early April and those who are successful are invited to a ceremony at the end of June/beginning of July. 

  • For further details please contact Stephanie Beck, FBMH Teaching, Learning and Student Experience team

Student Union Awards

Each year the Student Union organise a number of awards. Within the teaching awards category there are usually awards for Lecturer of the Year, most supportive staff member, Graduate Teaching Assistant of the Year, UG/PGT/PGR Supervisor of the Year, Support Staff/Team of the Year and Curriculum for a better tomorrow. All nominations are made by the students. 

  • Further details about the awards, award categories, how to nominate and frequently asked questions are available on the Students’ Union website

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. Both academic and related colleagues teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels are eligible for the award which consists of a £5000 grant to be used by recipients over a period of up to three years to develop their teaching career.

External awards

National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTF)

The NTF scheme is an external award administered by Advance HE (formerly Higher Education Academy). The University can nominate up to three candidates each year who have an excellent track record in teaching and learning with a national and international reputation. The scheme is co-ordinated internally by the Teaching and Learning Support Office (TLSO) and Teaching and Learning Group (TLG). The University also provides significant support for potential nominees.

Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE)

The CATE award is an external award administered by Advance HE (formerly Higher Education Academy) to recognise and reward collaborative work that has had a demonstrable impact on teaching and learning. The University can nominate one team per annum. The award is co-ordinated internally by the Teaching and Learning Support Office (TLSO) and Teaching and Learning Group (TLG). The University also provides significant support for potential nominees. 

Times Higher Education (THE) Awards

Times Higher Education (THE) offer a number of awards including Most Innovative Teacher of the Year as well as other relevant areas such as leadership, collaboration, student support and Lifetime Achievement Award. 

The Guardian Awards

The Guardian offer a number of awards including Teaching excellence, student experience, course and curriculum design, digital innovation and more.

  • For more information about the award categories, criteria and entry guidelines please visit the Guardian awards website