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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. 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.

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 include commitment over recent years to teaching, learning and supporting the student experience. Significant one-off achievement is recognised through 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 the award is:

  • A significant and sustained commitment to, and evidence of impact on, teaching, learning and the student academic experience.

In making judgements against this criteria, the panel will consider the following:

  • The nature of the position within the University held by the nominee, 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 a person’s career and in different disciplines/roles.
  • The extent to which both specific claims and more general conclusions made within the submission are clear and well-supported.
  • The extent to which the submission presents 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, learning and student support. 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 through the impact on teaching, learning and the student experience more broadly at the University of Manchester is central. The extent to which evidence of positive impact is provided.
  • If applicable, the following evidence will also be taken into account:
    • where individuals have had the opportunity to promote or enhance the student experience through demonstrating impact and engagement beyond the nominee's immediate academic or professional role
    • commitment to her/his ongoing professional development with regard to teaching and learning and/or learning support

Application process

For details of the process for applying this year, please see below:

For associated forms, please see below:

Guidance to winners on claiming funding

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

Previous Teaching Excellence award winners

The award winners in 2017/18 were:

  • Harish Thampy
  • Hannah Cobb
  • Sam Aston and
  • Stefan Guettel

For information about the winners of Teaching Excellence awards in 2016/17, please see below: