Centre for Learning and Teaching

Leadership in Learning and Teaching Award

The Leadership in Learning & Teaching Award recognises exceptional examples of leadership in learning and teaching.  

The Prize

The Award consists of a prize of £750* to the successful nominee and £1,500 to their Department (to be spent at the discretion of the successful nominee). If a joint award is made, the winners will each receive the £750 prize, but the Departmental award will be shared equally.

All nominees will be invited to attend an Awards Evening taking place on 13 April (a joint event with the Student Union Academic Rep Awards). Award certificates will be presented at the degree ceremonies in July.

*The prize of £750 will be paid through the payroll and subject to PAYE.


Nominations are now closed for 2018.

Nominations for the Award may be submitted by students (graduate and undergraduate) and other members of staff. Nominations must be supported by the evidence of transformational leadership in learning and teaching from the nominee and from other staff.


The Award is open to all members of staff who teach or support learning. Previous winners of the Award will be eligible for nomination five years after the year that the Award was made. Unsuccessful candidates may be nominated for the Award in subsequent years.


The Award will be made to a member of staff who can evidence a substantial and successful profile of transformational leadership in learning and teaching within the University.  This may be at departmental, programme, or School/Faculty level or within a support service structure.

When considering nominations for this award, the Committee will be looking for evidence of transformational leadership in learning and teaching, for example successful influence on colleagues, or the institution, leading to educational change. This influence will be due to personal strength rather than the outcome of longstanding service in a particular role. There is therefore no assumption that nominees for this award will be in a senior, supervisory or managerial position.

With a clear rationale for how this benefits the student learning experience, nominees will show how they have effected change in learning and teaching practice, learning support, administrative or managerial practices, or the manner in which colleagues view or approach learning, teaching or students. Self nominations cannot be accepted.


This award was established in 2008 to recognise the important role played by those who lead major new developments that support learning and teaching in the University, or those showing a consistent pattern of leadership that has led to substantial change in the practice of teaching and supporting learning of colleagues.