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The University of Bath Teacher Champion Awards

Celebrating inspiring professionals who champion students from UK state schools and colleges.

Celebrating School and College Teachers

Each year the University of Bath recognises and celebrates the important role teachers, advisors and support staff play in guiding students on their path to university. We’re especially keen to celebrate professionals who work within schools and communities where moving on to university isn’t always seen as a natural ‘next step’.

Each year we invite undergraduate students at Bath, along with all the current sixth form participants in University of Bath Widening Participation programmes to nominate a teacher for one of our awards. We love to read every single submission and it's heartening to see what an impact teachers have on their students.

Teacher Champion Awards framed underneath by crescent shape and UOB logo underneath all in white against a dark blue background

Congratulations to our 2023 winners

On 7th July 2023, we held our 2023 Teacher Champion Awards Ceremony at our Bath campus. We were delighted to be joined by shortlisted teachers and some of their nominated students to celebrate their wonderful hard work and dedication to helping their students progress to Bath. The Vice-Chancellor of the university, Professor Ian White, opened the awards and announced each of the winners of the five categories. The winners were presented with a trophy and all shortlisted teachers were given a Bath goody bag as a token of our appreciation. The announcing of the winners was followed by a fizz and canape reception to celebrate. Congratulations to all winners and all shortlisted for the awards this year. You can find more details about the winners and pictures from the event below.

2024 Nominations

2024 nominations have now closed.

Following the closing date our panel of judges will select a shortlist from the nominees. Shortlisted teachers will be invited to join us at an on-campus awards reception in July with fully subsidised accommodation for themselves and a guest of their choice. They also receive an automatic place on our highly successful Teacher Champion Programme including a free attendance at our Teacher and Adviser Conference 2024. Even if you are not nominated for an award, you can also apply for a place on the Teacher Champion Programme if you are a UK state school or college teacher or education professional. For more information and how to apply, visit this page.

A black student with a male teacher holding his green glass apple award. Both are wearing glasses and smiling for the camera.

2024 Shortlisted Teachers

Congratulations to all the staff shortlisted for an award.

Inspirational Teacher School or College Award
Alistair M. Newton The Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe Game Changer
Joanna Clare Richard Huish College Game Changer
Judith Coles Highsted Grammar School Game Changer
Chris Xenophontos Highlands School Learning for Life
Hannah Leigh Headington Girls School Learning for Life
James Harbour Newman Sixth Form College Learning for Life
Deborah Moriarty NPTC Group of Colleges Never Alone
Toby Neill John Hampden Grammar School Never Alone
Anna Collins Bournemouth School for Girls Never Alone
Tracey Brazil Bishop Ullathorne Catholic School Never Alone
Daniel Mcfarlane Yeovil College Nothing's Impossible
Divindra Bains Sharnbrook Academy Nothing's Impossible
Charlotte Clarke Strode College Nothing's Impossible
Samuel Price Harlow College Paving the Way
Kathleen J Weatherhead Cardiff and Vale College Paving the Way
Sophie Leigh Larkman St Joseph’s Catholic School and Sixth Form Centre Paving the way

2024 Nominations

Congratulations to all the nominated teachers for the 2024 awards.

Inspirational Teacher School or College
Josh Crocker Llantwit Major School
Simon Andersen Sir John Deanes Sixth Form College
Joe Wilkinson Arthur Mellows Village College
Emma Elliott Ferndown Upper School
Fiona Lister Truro College
Cathy McCalmont Comberton Village College
Seran Bradely Loughborough College
Ross Hunter Caerleon Comprehensive School
Lorna Crouch The BRIT School
Sarah O’Donnell Blessed George Napier School
Dominic Jones Torquay Boys Grammar School
Tom Edworthy Wanstead High School
Shane McCarthy Loreto College St Albans
Salah Ahras Hills Road Sixth College
Alex Porter Parminter's School
Miles Dennis Roding Valley High School
Robert Casey Exeter College
Hannah Belben Ringwood School
Justin Koller Marling School
Ms Davidson The Kingston Academy
Tom Addems Gildredge House School
Dominique Doyle The Compton School
Bree Fell Peter Symonds College
Mr Baker Shire Oak Academy
Catherine Cooper WQE
Joanne Oates Harrogate Grammar School

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