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Make a nomination for the Innovation in Learning and Teaching Award

Find out how to nominate someone for the award, the criteria and eligibility for entering, and the prize they could win.

How to nominate someone

Each year Innovation in Learning and Teaching Award is given to a member of teaching staff or a teaching postgraduate research student in recognition of their significant contribution to innovation in curriculum design, content or delivery.

You can submit a nomination for this Award if you are:

  • a postgraduate student
  • an undergraduate student
  • a member of academic staff

Self nominations are not accepted.

Submit a nomination form to recommend someone for the Innovation in Learning & Teaching Award. Nominations can be made from Thursday 7 January 2021. The closing date for nominations is Wednesday 24 February 2021.

Following receipt of the nomination form, nominees will be contacted to confirm their willingness to progress to the next stage. At this point, the following supporting statements will be requested:

  • nominees will be required to produce a personal statement to articulate the pedagogical rationale for the innovation and to articulate the difference it makes to students.

  • supporting statements for nominations will be requested from the nominee’s Director of Studies and students. These should provide evidence of the nominee's significant contribution to innovation in curriculum design, content or delivery.

Nominations and supporting statements will be considered by the University's Awards Committee in April.


Nominees should be able to provide evidence of how they have contributed to innovation in curriculum design, content or delivery. This may relate to one example of a major change, or to a record of driving forward innovative practice and commitment to exploring new teaching approaches. Evidence can be drawn from the current academic year and/or from Semester 2 in the previous academic year.

In their supporting statement, nominees should be able to demonstrate:

  • successful innovation in curriculum design, content or delivery;
  • participation in new approaches to teaching within or outside the department, which may or may not include the enhancement of the learning experience through the appropriate use of electronic tools and techniques.

We recommend that students and staff making a nomination for this award also consider whether the Mary Tasker Award, which recognises teaching excellence, may be more appropriate. Find out more about the Mary Tasker Award.


This award is open to all members of teaching staff.

Previous winners of the award will be eligible for nomination five years after the year that the award was made.

Unsuccessful nominees may be nominated for the award in subsequent years.

The prize

The award winner will receive £1,000 in prize money.

If a joint award is made, the winners will each receive the £500 prize.

Award winners will be announced at a joint awards event with The SU Bath Academic Rep Awards (date tbc). Following a meeting of the University's Awards Committee in April, nominees for the University Teaching Awards will be informed if they have been shortlisted to attend.

Award winners will be presented with a certificate at the summer graduation ceremonies.

The prize money will be paid through the payroll and will be subject to PAYE.

Previous winners

This award has been presented to outstanding members of staff in recognition of their innovation in learning and teaching since 1999.

Find out more about our past award winners.


In January 2000 the University's Executive Committee supported the establishment of an annual award to recognise achievement in the field of ‘innovation in learning and teaching’. This was initially for a fixed period of three academic sessions, 1999/2000 to 2001/2002. This was approved by Senate in March 2000. The permanent establishment of the award was approved on 20 March 2002.

Other teaching awards

Each year the University presents a number of awards to members of staff in recognition of their outstanding contribution to teaching and learning. Find out more about our other teaching awards.


If you have any questions, please contact us.