New teaching awards launched

A new awards scheme has been launched to celebrate excellence in student education.

The University Teaching Awards celebrate excellence in student education

The University Teaching Awards celebrate excellence in student education. February 2020

The University Teaching Awards are open to all colleagues who either teach or support learning.

Each winning applicant will receive:

  • a cash award, which can be used to support their student education professional development and scholarship – e.g. to cover the cost of attending relevant conferences or events
  • a certificate; and
  • an invitation to a celebratory event hosted by the Vice-Chancellor and Professor Tom Ward, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Student Education.

Professor Ward said: “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.”

With three categories, the awards scheme is intended to be relevant to colleagues at different career stages and with opportunities to be recognised for individual or team-based activities. A maximum of three prizes will be presented in each of the categories:

  • Early Career University Teaching Award (for colleagues with up to five years’ experience)
  • Sustained Excellence University Teaching Award (for experienced staff); and
  • Collaborative Excellence University Teaching Award (for teams of staff).

Each winner in the first two categories will receive £2,000, with £500 per contributor in the team award, up to a maximum of £4,000.

All nominees who reach the awards panel stage, to be chaired by Professor Ward, will receive a certificate and invitation to the celebratory dinner.

Supported by OD&PL, these awards – alongside the fellowship opportunities provided by Leeds Institute for Teaching Excellence (LITE) – replace the University Student Education Fellowship (USEF) scheme.

The deadline for applications is 12 noon on Friday 20 March.

See the awards webpage for further information, including details of how to apply, or email OD&PL if you have any questions about the scheme.

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