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Teaching awards

There are a number of Teaching Awards available to reward and recognise colleagues who have demonstrated a significant and sustained commitment to excellence in teaching and learning. Awards are available within faculties, across the University and externally.

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 Division of Teaching, Learning and Student Development (TLSD). Further information about Faculty awards is also available on Faculty intranet pages.

University awards

Teaching Excellence Awards

The Teaching Excellence Awards recognise colleagues who have demonstrated a significant and sustained commitment to excellence in the delivery and/or support of teaching and learning. Both academic and Professional Service colleagues teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate taught levels are eligible for the award.

Student Union Awards

The annual Students' Union Awards recognise and celebrate the positive impact that students have across campus and the wider community and also celebrate the long-lasting impact that university education can have on young people and the magnificent work of university colleagues.

The Students' Union Awards for education awards category include awards for innovative teaching, academic advising, excellenc feedback and many more. All nominations are made by the students.

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. 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 about the nomination process and deadlines, please contact your Faculty Teaching and Learning Team.

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 Institute of Teaching and Learning (ITL) and Teaching and Learning Group (TLG).

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 Institute of Teaching and Learning (ITL) and Teaching and Learning Group (TLG). The University also provides significant support for potential nominees.

For further details about the CATE award and the institutional support available please contact Patricia Clift-Martin.

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.

HEA fellowship and accreditation

HEA fellowship is a formal, nationally recognised teaching qualification awarded by Advance HE that enables you to demonstrate your commitment to teaching and learning excellence.

To support you in achieving HEA fellowship, the University’s Leadership in Education Awards Programme (LEAP) is accredited by Advance HE to award all four levels of fellowship – Associate Fellow, Fellow, Senior Fellow and Principal Fellow.

The University’s New Academics Programme (NAP) is also accredited to award Fellow of the HEA.