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Teaching Excellence Awards

Teaching Excellence Awards are made in recognition of significant and sustained commitment to excellence in the delivery and/or support of teaching and learning at UG or PGT level. Academic, Technical and Professional Service colleagues are eligible for the award. Reflecting the evolution of our practice and ways of working, we have reshaped our Teaching Excellence Awards to celebrate the strength and diversity of practice in our University of Manchester community.

Professor April McMahon delivers a speech next to a Teaching Excellence Awards banner
Professor April McMahon at the Teaching Excellence Awards 2023

Strategic themes

Submissions should demonstrate how the nominee’s activities contribute to one or two of the following strategic themes:

  • Educational Leadership
  • Inclusive Education
  • Flexible Learning and Digital Delivery
  • Assessment and Feedback
  • Student Voice

All submissions should consider the extent to which students are engaged in a form of partnership.

Award winners are

Celebrated:

  • Gifted a commemorative trophy
  • Invited to a formal awards ceremony 

Invited to play a role in teaching and learning development at University level:

  • Gain the permanent title of Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Teaching and Learning and access to the Fellows Network
  • Be encouraged to act as ambassadors for teaching and learning within the University and beyond

Offered personal development opportunities:

  • (Optional) access to the national AdvanceHE Teaching Excellence Awards pipeline (National Teaching Fellow / Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence) run by the Institute of Teaching and Learning
  • Opportunity to contribute guest post(s) on the Institute of Teaching and Learning blog – TEA: Teach, Explore, Apply

 

Who is eligible?

Nominations are invited from:

  • academic, technical and Professional Services staff 
  • individuals or teams (up to 15 members per team)*

Individuals and teams may:

  • self-nominate (in which case you will need ONE senior colleague to contribute a supporting statement to your submission form)

or

  • be nominated by a colleague. If you wish to nominate someone else for a Teaching Excellence Award you will need at least TWO other colleagues to add their support to the case that you make on the nominee's behalf.

The panel will take into account that 'a significant and sustained commitment to the delivery and/or support of teaching and learning' will look different at different stages of a person’s career and in different disciplines or roles, and we look forward to receiving nominations from across the University.

*if your team has more than 15 core members please contact the Institute of Teaching and Learning (ITL) at teaching.learning@manchester.ac.uk

How do I nominate?

Formats 

All nominations must be submitted on the Teaching Excellence Case for Award proforma (as a word.docx), and uploaded via the online submission portal. The case for award will be accepted in the following formats*:

  • 850 word written submission (Section 2 of the proforma)
  • a 5 minute pre-recorded presentation e.g. narrated slides, a video or other approach (just add a hyperlink to your presentation within Section 2 of the proforma)

Colleagues are encouraged to make submissions using the format which best allows them to highlight the reach, value and impact of the nominee’s work.

*alternative formats may be agreed – please contact the ITL team at teaching.learning@manchester.ac.uk in advance of submission if you would like to discuss this.

Evidence

The case for award must incorporate evidence to back up the claims made throughout. The evidence should be backed up by the Senior Supporting Colleague's statement/nominating signatories.

Evidence may include (but is not limited to):

  • Survey data/feedback
  • Feedback received through Peer Review of Teaching
  • Commitment to ongoing professional development with regard to teaching and learning and/or learning support
  • Dissemination / contribution to pedagogy: a journal article, conference paper, a webinar or workshop delivered by the nominee
  • Contribution to local / faculty / institutional / discipline-wide initiatives to facilitate students' learning
  • Contribution to meaningful and positive change with respect to pedagogic practice, policy and / or procedure
  • Specific contributions to enable significant improvements in students' outcomes and / or experience
  • Recognising and actively supporting the full diversity of student learning requirements
  • Organising and presenting high quality resources in accessible, coherent and imaginative ways which clearly enhance learning
  • Drawing upon the outcomes of relevant research, scholarship and professional practice in ways which add value to teaching and students' learning

Submitting your nomination

Nominations should be submitted using the Teaching Excellence Case for Award proforma (see above), including all necessary signatures and/or statement of support as required.

Deadline for nominations: 19:00 BST on Wednesday 14 June 2023 

The panel and the core criteria

The panel

The award winners will be decided by a panel of representatives from each Faculty, plus the Head of SAS (or nominee) and chaired by Professor Judy Williams, Director of the Institute of Teaching and Learning / Associate Vice-President (Teaching, Learning and Students). 

Core criteria

The core criteria against which applications will be judged are:

Reach The scale of influence. For example, some nominees may demonstrate reach at a departmental, faculty or institutional level, while others might provide evidence of how their practice has reached different groups of students and/or organisations (e.g. commuter students, online learners, students living with a disability etc.)
Value The benefit derived for students and staff. Demonstrating value may include qualitative evidence, for example how the work being described has added value to the student learning experience or to teaching practice. Some nominees may also be working in settings where there are explicit positive ethical elements to their practice.
Impact  Explicit evidence of positive change taking place in policy, practice and/or student outcomes as the result of the activity. 

Plus (Team Awards only): nominations for a Team Award should consider the following questions and relate them to the core criteria:

  • How do they work together to support student learning?
  • How does their approach influence others?

The quality and extent of evidence, and student partnership, provided in support of the case will also be deciding factors. 

Teaching Excellence Award winners 2023

Individual Awards


Educational Leadership

Flexible Learning and Digital Delivery

Assessment and Feedback

'Flexible Learning and Digital Delivery' and 'Assessment and Feedback'

‘Educational Leadership’ and ‘Flexible Learning and Digital Delivery’

‘Educational Leadership’ and ‘Inclusive Education’

'Educational Leadership’ and ‘the Student Voice’


Team Awards

  • University Centre for Interdisciplinary Learning (UCIL) Team (Team Leader: Dr Alison Fisher. Alice Godliman, Amélie Mons, Caroline Henaghan, Colette Cooke, Gail Bradbury, Henry Wong, Jenny O'Mara, Luke Smith, Maria Kopsacheili, Sian Yeowell and Stephen Miller) for Flexible learning and digital delivery
  • MA Educational Leadership in Practice (ELiP) Core Team (Team Leader: Dr Paul Armstrong. Dr Stephen Rayner, Prof Steven Courtney, Bobbie Dutton, Dr Laura Goodfellow, Louisa Dawes, Dr Craig Skerritt, Dr Alex McTaggart, Dr Drew Whitworth, Pam Giblin, Omar Ali and Emma Moores) for ‘Educational leadership’ and ‘Flexible learning and digital delivery’
  • The Justice Hub (Team Leader: Prof Claire McGourlay. Philip Drake, Neil Allen, Caroline Hoyle, Fintan Walker, Siobhn Smith, Suzanne Gower, Nicola Campbell, Jade Engelbrecht, Sophie Dougan, Sarah Tiffany-Dodman and Laura Kearns) for ‘Educational leadership’ and ‘Inclusive Education’
  • The University of Manchester Library Student Team (Team Leader: Jennie Blake.  Adam Cooke, Kathryn Miller, Olivia Wing Yan Mak, Rachel Cox, Isabella Teck, Luke Geikie, Iqra Tehreem Malik, Nuura Ahmed Abdillahi Ahm, Fatima Abdullahi, Sara Knurowska, Lily Pearson, Stefan Nikolov, Hui Chia, Dhruv Mistry, Tabita-Gabriela Juravle, Annabelle Miller-Blundell, Divya Malhotra, Szaffi Tamara Gracia Dolores Jarbath, Angelica Islam, Syeda Fatima Batool Kazmi, Charmaine Shien Shing Lai, Pranav Bharadwaj Gangrekalve Manoj, Fariha Amna Agha, Zeenat Haji) for ‘Inclusive Education’ and ‘The Student Voice’

In addition, the panel made the following commendations:

Highly Commended

  • Dr Matthew Alford (Alliance Manchester Business School) for ‘Educational Leadership’ and ‘Inclusive Education’
  • Andrew Hall (School of Health Sciences) for ‘Flexible learning and digital delivery’
  • David Hirst (The University of Manchester Library) for ‘‘Flexible learning and digital delivery’ and ‘The Student Voice’
  • Scott Midson (School of Arts, Languages and Cultures) for ‘Educational Leadership’ and ‘The Student Voice’
  • Dr Mostafa Nabawy (School of Engineering) for ‘Flexible learning and digital delivery’ and ‘Assessment and Feedback’
  • Jonathan Styles (Alliance Manchester Business School) for ‘Educational Leadership’
  • Dr Simon Watson (School of Engineering) for ‘Flexible learning and digital delivery’ and ‘Assessment and Feedback’
  • The ‘PGCert ClinBio Unit 3, Introduction to Programming’ Team (School of Health Sciences. Team Leader: Peter Freeman. Fran Hooley, Vicki Sargeant, Joanne Harvey, Chris Wade, Peter Trimbel, Martin Fergie, Jose Benitez-Aurioles, Fidel Ramirez Bencomo, Clodagh Maguire, Suzanne Hocking, Nikita Abramovs, Saeeda Bhatti and Alex Chubb) for ‘Flexible Learning and Digital Delivery’ and ‘Inclusive Education’

Commended

  • Francisca Álvarez Figueroa (Alliance Manchester Business School) for ‘Inclusive education’ and ‘The Student Voice’
  • The International Student Experience Programme Team (School of Health Sciences. Team Leader: Prof Li-Chia Chen. Wan-tien Tai, Isifu Mohammed Bawa, Maimuna Abdirahman, Eghe Anegbode, Mairaa Irfan) for ‘Educational Leadership’ and ‘Inclusive Education’

Previous winners

Educational Leadership

Flexible Learning and Digital Delivery

Inclusive Education

Educational Leadership and Inclusive Education

Educational Leadership and Flexible Learning and Digital Delivery

Flexible Learning and Digital Delivery and Students’ sense of belonging

Inclusive Education and Flexible Learning and Digital Delivery

Inclusive Education and Students’ sense of belonging

The Covid-19 teaching Environment

Highly Commended

  • Oliver Hughes (School of Natural Sciences) for ‘Students’ sense of belonging’ (2022)
  • Marianthi Moschou (School of Natural Sciences) for ‘Educational Leadership’ (2022)
  • Tim Price (School of Arts, Languages and Cultures) for ‘Educational Leadership’ and ‘Students’ sense of belonging’ (2022)
  • Jonathan Styles (Alliance Manchester Business School) for ‘Educational Leadership’ (2022)
  • Katie Twomey (School of Health Sciences) for ‘Inclusive Education’ and ‘Students’ sense of belonging’ (2022)
  • The Pharmacy 'Our Values' Group (School of Health Sciences. Team Leader: Victoria Tavares) for ‘Inclusive education’ and ‘Students’ sense of belonging’ (2022)
  • The Fashion, Business and Textiles (FBT) Graduate Showcase Team (School of Natural Sciences. Team Leader: Aurelie Le Normand) for ‘Flexible Learning and Digital Delivery’ and ‘Students’ sense of belonging’ (2022)
  • Alan Brisdon and Nick Weise (School of Natural Sciences) for ‘Educational Leadership’ and ‘the Covid-19 teaching Environment’ (2021)
  • David Mills (School of Natural Sciences) for ‘Educational Leadership’ and ‘the Covid-19 teaching Environment’ (2021)

Commended

  • Laura Brown (School of Health Sciences) for ‘Flexible Learning and Digital Delivery’ (2022)
  • Alison Harvey (School of Natural Sciences) for ‘Inclusive education’ and ‘Students’ sense of belonging’ (2022)
  • William Kang (Alliance Manchester Business School) for ‘Inclusive education’ and ‘Students’ sense of belonging’ (2022)
  • Carl Gavin (Alliance Manchester Business School) for ‘Educational Leadership’ (2022)
  • Andras Voros (School of Social Sciences) for ‘Flexible Learning and Digital Delivery’ and ‘Students’ sense of belonging’ (2022)
  • Louise Clare (School of Arts, Languages and Cultures) for ‘Inclusive education’ and ‘Flexible Learning and Digital Delivery’ (2022)
  • Alexander Gardner McTaggart (School of Environment, Education and Development) for ‘Educational Leadership’ and ‘Flexible Learning and Digital Delivery’ (2022)
  • Lujia Feng (School of Environment, Education and Development) for ‘Educational Leadership’ and ‘Inclusive Education (2022)
  • The MSc Forensic Psychology and Mental Health team (School of Health Sciences. Team Leader: Polly Turner) for ‘Flexible Learning and Digital Delivery’ (2022)
  • The Manchester Leadership Programme Development Team (Alliance Manchester Business School. Team Leader: Mike Kennard) for ‘Inclusive education’ and ‘Flexible Learning and Digital Delivery’ (2022)
  • The BSc Accounting Programme Leaders: Jenni Rose and Reimala Sivalingam (Alliance Manchester Business School) for ‘Flexible Learning and Digital Delivery’ and ‘Students’ sense of belonging’ (2022
  • Digital Wellbeing: Sarah Shepherd and Jane Mooney (School of Medical Sciences) for ‘Flexible Learning and Digital Delivery’ (2022)
  • The Digital Futures Industry Summit 2022: Charlene Gallery and Jo Conlon (School of Natural Sciences) for ‘Educational Leadership’ and ‘Flexible Learning and Digital Delivery’ (2022)
  • The Skin Ageing and Aesthetic Medicine MSc, PGDip and PG Cert programme team (School of Biological Sciences. Team Leader: Helen Graham) for ‘Flexible Learning and Digital Delivery’ and ‘Students’ sense of belonging’ (2022)
  • Marianne Johnson (School of Natural Sciences) for ‘Flexible Learning and Digital Delivery’ and ‘the Covid-19 teaching Environment’ (2021)
  • Wendy Wild (AMBS) for “Educational Leadership” (2021)

No Teaching Excellence Award nominations were sought in 2020 during the Covid-19 pandemic

2019 Teaching Excellence Award winners

  • Adam Danquah (Clinical Psychology) (2019)
  • Jenny Slaughter (Chemistry) (2019)

2018 Teaching Excellence Award winners

  • Harish Thampy (Medical Sciences) (2018)
  • Hannah Cobb (Archaeology) (2018)
  • Sam Aston (My Learning Essentials) (2018)
  • Stefan Guettel (Mathematics) (2018)

2017 Teaching Excellence Award winners

  • David Schultz (Earth and Environmental Sciences) (2017)
  • Rebecca Farrington (Medical Sciences) (2017)
  • Claire Fox (Criminology) (2017)

Contact

For more information about the Teaching Excellence Awards please contact Emma Sanders 

Email teaching.learning@manchester.ac.uk