Teaching Awards - celebrating excellence
Each year the University presents a number of awards to members of staff in recognition of their outstanding contribution to teaching and learning.
Celebrating excellence in teaching
Congratulations to everyone who was nominated for an award in 2019 and to our award winners.
The University Teaching Awards recognise the significant contributions made by staff to enhance the academic lives of students and colleagues.
Each year staff and students are invited to nominate colleagues for these awards.
Innovation in Learning and Teaching Award
This award is given to outstanding members of teaching staff and teaching postgraduate research students who have made a significant contribution to innovation in curriculum design, content or delivery.
In 2019 the award was presented to Dr Steve Cayzer, Department of Mechanical Engineering, for his commitment to high levels of innovation in learning and teaching, which is clearly reflected in excellent student feedback. Find out more about how Dr Cayzer has enhanced the student learning experience.
John Willis Award
This award is presented to outstanding members of academic teaching staff in recognition of their dedication to the academic and personal lives of students combined with a significant contribution to teaching and accomplishment in research.
In 2019 the award was presented to Dr Javier Gonzalez, Department for Health, for his enthusiasm for his subject and high level of commitment to engaging, supporting and inspiring his students. Find out more about Dr Gonzalez' approach to teaching and research.
Mary Tasker Award
This award recognises excellence in teaching. It is presented to outstanding members of teaching staff who have demonstrated creative and effective approaches to teaching and learning.
In 2019 Dr John Troyer and Dr Oliver Walton, from the Department of Social & Policy Sciences, were considered to be equally deserving of the Mary Tasker Award. Dr Troyer was selected for his inspirational and enthusiastic approach to teaching and has demonstrated responsive and considerate guidance as a personal tutor. Dr Walton was selected for his commitment to teaching excellence and the enhancement of the student experience through innovation. Find out more about Dr Troyers' and Dr Waltons' teaching initiatives.
Leadership in Learning and Teaching Award
This award recognises exceptional leadership in learning and teaching. It is presented to members of staff who have successfully initiated transformational change in learning and teaching practice, learning support, administrative or managerial practices, or have influenced the manner in which colleagues view or approach learning, teaching or students.
In 2019 the award was presented to Dr Marianne Ellis, Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) of the Faculty of Engineering and Design, for her role as an inspirational and transformational leader. Find out more about Dr Ellis's approach to teaching.
Best Team in Support of Student Learning Award
This award recognises exceptional and/or innovative team work and collaboration in the delivery of learning and teaching. It is presented to a team who have made an exceptional, innovative or transformational contribution to the student experience in learning and teaching.
In 2019 the award was presented to the Disability Advice Team (Student Services) for their significant contribution at every stage of the student journey through the high quality and professional support they provide. Find out more about how the team has enhanced the student experience.
This award is funded by the Alumni Fund.
Excellence in Doctoral Supervision Prize
This prize is awarded to a supervisor or supervisory team who has demonstrated exceptional performance in doctoral supervision.
In 2019 the prize was presented to Professor Jean van den Elsen, Department of Biology and Biochemistry, his role as a dedicated and supportive supervisor with a passion for the training of future bioscience researchers and for creating a supportive environment in which students can become creative, independent thinkers. Find out more about Professor van den Elsen's approach to doctoral supervision.
Director of Studies Award
This new award, introduced this year, recognises the important role played by Directors of Studies in supporting learning and teaching, and their positive impact on the student experience.
In 2019 Mrs Deborah Lewis (School of Management) and Dr Fabio Nemetz (Department of Computer Science) were found to be equally deserving of the Director of Studies Award. Mrs Lewis was selected for her tireless energy and dedication in supporting a diverse cohort of students. Dr Nemetz was selected for his inspirational approach to teaching, and exceptional commitment to student wellbeing.