University Teaching Awards: recognising excellence in student education

Update: pausing the scheme

Due to current circumstances the University Teaching Award Scheme has been paused and will be reinstated later in the year. We will provide updated details in due course. If you have already submitted an application please be assured that it will be considered once the scheme is up and running again. 

About our University Teaching Awards scheme 

Our University Teaching Awards scheme celebrates excellent practice in student education. It also recognises the importance of teaching and learning as a scholarly activity.

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 Teaching Awards provide a great opportunity to recognise staff who exemplify excellence in student education, and I look forward to celebrating with our first cohort of winners later this year.

Professor Tom Ward, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Student Education

Suitability: to apply for an Award you must satisfy the following eligibility criteria: 

  • you are an employee of the University of Leeds
  • your role involves teaching or supporting the student learning experience
  • you must be able to demonstrate exceptional impact in student education.

Our Teaching Awards prize

If you are successful in winning one of our University Teaching Awards, you will receive:

  • A cash award which you can use to support your professional development and scholarship, e.g. to cover the cost of attending relevant conferences or events
  • A certificate
  • An invitation to a celebratory event hosted by the Vice Chancellor and Deputy Vice Chancellor (Student Education). 

In addition, as a winner in the Sustained Excellence and Collaborative Categories, you will have access to guidance and support provided for the National Teaching Fellow and Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence schemes. 

Categories of Award  

There are three categories of award:

  1. Early Career University 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 £2000. 
  2. Sustained Excellence University Teaching Award: for experienced staff. A maximum of three awards will be made in this category, with each winner receiving £2000.
  3. Collaborative Excellence University 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 £4000. 

Applying for our University Teaching Awards Scheme

Criteria

Your application should be no more than 900 words in length and submitted using the relevant form provided (below).

The following also applies, depending upon the category of award you are applying for:

  • Early career and sustained excellence: your claim needs to address how you have enhanced student learning; supported colleagues and influenced support for student learning; and your commitment to maintaining the currency of your practice. 
  • Collaborative excellence: your collaborative excellence claim needs to address how you have enhanced student learning; supported colleagues and influenced support for student learning; and your excellence in collaboration and team working.

For further information please see the following criteria guidance document. This includes details of the weighting for each section of your application.

Application forms

Submission process

Completed applications should be submitted by email to peopledev@leeds.ac.uk. 

Deadline

The closing date for applications is 12 noon, Friday 20th March 2020.

Selection of the Award Winners 

All applications will be reviewed by a Faculty Panel, chaired by the Pro Dean for Student Education or their nominee. Each Faculty Panel will nominate up to one individual or team per category to go forward to the University Panel, chaired by the Deputy Vice Chancellor. All nominees for the University Panel will receive a certificate and will be invited to the celebratory dinner.  

If you are nominated for consideration by the University Panel, you will be invited to submit a short presentation (10 minutes maximum) which will be reviewed alongside your 900-word application. 

If you are successful in one year, you can be nominated again but, your application must be for a different category and based on distinctly different teaching and support activities. 

Find out more

If you have any questions about our University Teaching Awards, please email our University Teaching Awards team: peopledev@leeds.ac.uk.

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