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Vice-Chancellor's Teaching Excellence Awards

The Vice-Chancellor's Teaching Excellence Awards scheme requires self-nomination and provides institutional recognition to individuals and teams who are interested in working towards institutional nomination for a national teaching award for their sustained, outstanding and transformational practice. Those interested will benefit from reading:

Confidential advice and support is available to prospective nominees from the Centre for Educational Development.

The Vice-Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Awards sit alongside the Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Outstanding Achievement, which recognise the outstanding work of colleagues for whom pursuit of a national teaching award may not be relevant at this point in time.

About the awards

Up to six awards are available: four individual awards and two team awards.  Awards are presented at an appropriate summer graduation ceremony and comprise:

  • A certificate;
  • A financial award of £2,000* to support dissemination of learning and teaching initiatives at inter/national conferences.
  • An invitation to attend the summer graduation dinner.

* Any remaining balance cannot be transferred to other colleagues or taken outside of the University should an award holder leave the University.

The work of the award holders is also celebrated at the University's annual Learning, Teaching and Research Conference and highlighted on the University's web site and other publications as appropriate.

Selection panel

Nominations are considered by a panel comprising:

  • Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Learning, Teaching & Quality);
  • A representative of the Centre for Educational Development;
  • An Associate Dean Learning & Teaching;
  • A National Teaching Fellow or holder of the Vice-Chancellor's Teaching Excellence Award;
  • UBU Academic Affairs Officer or a nominated representative from the UBU.

The Vice-Chancellor is involved in the final selection and the Centre for Educational Development supports the process. All nominations receive feedback outlining strengths and suggestions for further action as appropriate.

Expectations of award holders

Award holders are expected to disseminate their work via the annual Learning, Teaching and Research Conference and other appropriate events both internally and externally, and to meet annually with the Pro-Vice-Chancellor in order to:

  1. Develop a sense of community.
  2. Provide updates on their development, challenges and success.
  3. Explore potential opportunities to utilise their talents across the University.
  4. Contribute an impact case study.

Additionally, award holders without fellowship of the Higher Education Academy are expected to pursue this in line with University policy and in order to provide eligibility for national nomination.