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 2018 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.
The closing date for nominations for this year's University Teaching Awards is Monday 4 February 2019.
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 2018 the award was presented to Dr Peter Sloan, Department of Physics, for for his commitment and expertise, as well as the high level of care he gives to his students. Find out more about how Dr Sloan 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 2018 the award was presented to Dr Kate Fraser, Department of Mechanical Engineering, for her achievements in balancing her outstanding research record with the pedagogic and pastoral elements of her role. Find out more about Dr Fraser'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 2018 the award was presented to Dr James Betts, Department for Health, for his enthusiastic and inspirational approach to teaching, as well as his achievement in encouraging students to gain first-hand experience of research. Find out more about Dr Betts' 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 2018 the award was presented to Dr Cassie Wilson, Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, for the dedication she brings to student feedback, her research-led approach to teaching, and her contributions to curriculum design. Find out more about Dr Wilson'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 2018 the award was presented to the School of Management Placements Team for their outstanding performance, underpinned by their clear sense of collective responsibility, high level of personal development and the pastoral care they offer to their students. 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 2018 the prize was presented to Professor Chris Bowen, Department of Mechanical Engineering, for his enthusiasm and ability to help others, particularly through his work with students to develop research skills, mentoring new academics and helping to build a vibrant research team. Find out more about Professor Bowen'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.
The award will be presented to an individual who performs all his/her responsibilities as outlined in the University’s Director of Studies Role Profile. The successful nomination will demonstrate how the individual has gone above and beyond these responsibilities to create an exceptional environment for both students and staff members working in support of learning and teaching in their academic Department or School, or across the wider university.