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 all our winners and nominees for the University Teaching Awards 2021. Find out about our award winners and commended nominees in our University Teaching Awards blog post.
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
The Innovation in Learning and Teaching Award recognises a significant contribution to curriculum design, content or delivery innovation, either as an example of major change, or a record of innovative practice over several years. In 2021 the Innovation in Learning and Teaching Award was presented to Dr Nathalia Gjersoe (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences). Find out more about how Dr Gjersoe 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 2021 the John Willis Award was presented to Dr Anna Young, Department of Mechanical Engineering. Find out more about Dr Young's 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 2021 the Mary Tasker Award was presented to Dr Sarah Bailey (Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology). Find out more about Dr Bailey's 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 2021 the award was presented to Professor Matthew Jones (Department of Chemistry). Find out more about Professor Jones' 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 2021, two teams stood out as having made an exceptional contribution. Our winners for 2021 are: Directors of Studies Team in the Department of Computer Science and the Directors of Studies Team in the Department of Education Find out more about how the teams have enhanced the student experience.
This award is funded by the Alumni Fund.
Director of Studies Award
This award recognises the important role played by Directors of Studies in supporting learning and teaching, and their positive impact on the student experience.
In 2021, two nominees stood out as having gone above and beyond the responsibilities of their role to create an exceptional environment for both students and staff. Our winners of the Director of Studies Award 2021 are Dr John Benardis (Department of Computer Science) and Dr Howard White (Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies). Find out more about their approach to teaching.
Excellence in Doctoral Supervision Prize
This prize is awarded to a supervisor or supervisory team who has demonstrated exceptional performance in doctoral supervision. This award is now part of the Doctoral Recognition Awards.