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University of Leeds Teaching Awards 2021

Celebrating excellence
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The University of Leeds Teaching Awards 2021 is open for applications from Thursday 7 January until 12 noon Friday 12 March 2021. The new scheme celebrates and recognises excellent practice in student education within the University and provides fantastic benefits to those successful in winning one of three categories of awards.   

The awards are open to any University of Leeds employee who is involved in teaching or supporting the student learning experience. They offer wide recognition of their work, as well as a cash award to support professional development and scholarship, an award certificate and an invitation to a celebratory event for each of the award winners in the following categories: 

  • Early Career University of Leeds Teaching Award: for staff with up to five years' experience of teaching or supporting learning in higher education. A maximum of three awards will be made in this category, with each winner receiving £2,000. 
  • Sustained Excellence University of Leeds Teaching Award:  for colleagues with more than five years’ experience. A maximum of three awards will be made in this category, with each winner receiving £2,000. 
  • Collaborative Excellence University of Leeds Teaching Award: for teams of staff. A maximum of three awards will be made in this category with each team receiving £500 per contributor up to a maximum of £4,000. 
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For the winners of the Sustained Excellence and Collaborative categories, they will be provided with support and guidance to submit for the National Teaching Fellowship scheme and Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence scheme.  

To find out more information about the awards, the application process and to apply please visit: 

Professor Peter Jimack, Interim Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Student Education, said about the awards: 

The staff and students at Leeds are committed to enabling an excellent student education experience. Our staff who teach and support learning are at the heart of this endeavour, working in partnership with our students to provide an inspiring, challenging and supportive environment, which enables them to achieve their ambitions. The University of Leeds Teaching Awards provide a great opportunity to recognise staff who exemplify excellence in student education, and this year a chance to recognise the excellent work and innovation that has been involved in sustaining high quality learning and teaching in challenging circumstances. I look forward to celebrating with our first cohort of winners later this year.

These awards are a new scheme within the University of Leeds, first launched in January 2020 before being postponed due to Covid. The 2021 awards will see the first winners, providing a great opportunity for us to recognise the excellent practice in student education.  

If you have any questions about the University Teaching Awards, please email 

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