University of Bath

Make a nomination for the Mary Tasker 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

Please note that nominations are no longer being accepted for 2018. Nominations will open again in early 2019.

Each year the Mary Tasker Award is given to a member of teaching staff in recognition of their excellence in teaching. We look for nominees who can provide evidence of creative and effective approaches to teaching.

Nominations for the award may be submitted by students (graduate and undergraduate) and other members of academic staff. Self nominations are not accepted.

Submit a nomination form to recommend someone for the Mary Tasker Award.

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 expected to prepare a statement of up to but no more than 800 words describing the rationale behind their teaching: what they do, why they do it that way, and how it benefits student learning.

  • supporting statements for nominations will be requested from the nominee’s Director of Studies and the relevant SSLC representatives. These should provide evidence of the nominee's excellence in teaching.

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


Nominees must be able to demonstrate:

  • being known for very good teaching attested by evidence from peer observation and feedback from students
  • exceptional student feedback on teaching

The nominee should also be able to demonstrate one or more of the following:

  • participating in new approaches to teaching within or outside the department
  • authoring teaching materials in her/his subject which are widely acknowledged as effective and valuable, i.e. major textbook, web resource
  • producing publications which are critical, reflective and evaluative of teaching and which advance our ideas on how a subject should be taught
  • participating in a major way in regional, national or international teaching initiatives or had success in gaining grants for teaching initiatives
  • or anything else you feel makes the case.


This award is open to all members of teaching staff, both full and part-time.

Staff still on probation are not eligible for nomination.

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

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

The prize

The award winner will receive £750 in prize money.

In addition, the award winner's department will receive £1,500. The award winner can use this money to support their teaching or research.

If a joint award is made, the winners will each receive the £750 prize, but the Departmental award will be shared equally.

All nominees will be invited to attend an awards evening on 13 April 2018. This is a joint event with The SU Bath Academic Rep Awards.

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

Each year this award is presented to an outstanding member of staff in recognition of their excellence in teaching.

Find out more about our past award winners.


The Mary Tasker Award was established in 1992 at the initiative of Academic Assembly on the occasion of Mary Tasker’s early retirement from the School of Education. Its purpose was to mark her contribution to the University, particularly her dedication to teaching, work on Senate and Council and their Committees and Chairmanship of Academic Assembly between 1984 and 1987.

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.