What are the Teaching Awards?

The Students’ Guild and FXU have co-hosted the student-led Teaching Awards for the last 10 years to provide all students with the ability to reward and to recognise members of University staff who have demonstrated exceptional teaching, research and support, and facilitate the promotion of best practice from across the University.

Whether it’s a lecturer who inspires and engages you through their innovative approach to education, a lab technician or teaching administrator who helps to make your time at Exeter great, a staff member whose guidance and concern for your welfare has been exceptional, or a supervisor who has gone the extra mile to help you reach your full potential, we want to hear from you!

Nominations are open to all students at the University, Students' Guild and FXU.

What makes Exeter’s Teaching Awards so special?

The Students’ Guild Teaching Awards were the first awards of this kind in the UK when first established in 2009, and remain the largest in the country. In previous years, we received over 2400 nominations for the Teaching Awards which have been used by the Students’ Guild to identify examples of best practice that can be shared University-wide.

Am I eligible to nominate someone for a Teaching Award?

Any University of Exeter student can nominate someone for a Teaching Award, including undergraduate, postgraduate (taught and research), international, INTO, and year abroad students.

Are Teaching Awards only for academic members of staff?

No, the Teaching Awards are for all University academic and professional services staff, and those in the Students’ Guild or FXU. Check the category descriptions carefully to choose the most appropriate category for your nominee, and to give them the best chance of winning.

How do I write a good nomination?

Remember that the only information the judging panel will base their decisions on will be the nominations you submit for your chosen nominee, and how well they match the criteria of the category you are nominating them for. A good nomination should provide clear examples and reasons for each of the category's criteria, which demonstrate why the person you have nominated deserves to win that particular award. Be sure to carefully read the criteria, and submit your nomination for the category where your examples are most appropriate (the more examples the better!).

How long are nominations open for?

Students can nominate for the Teaching Awards from 09:00 on 29 January 2019 to 17:00 on 1 March 2019.

Who does the ‘Best Supervisor’ category apply to?

This year there will be three winners for the ‘Best Supervisor’ category, an undergraduate-nominated winner, a postgraduate taught-nominated winner, and a postgraduate research-nominated winner. The nominations process is exactly the same, but the judging panel will choose three winners.

How do the Best Research Community, Best Feedback Provider, and Best Subject awards work?

Nominations for these three categories can only be submitted by Academic Reps, as each of these awards will be given to a subject as a whole. Each subject’s reps and chair(s) should come together to write and submit a nomination for why their subject most deserves to win. While the nominations process for these awards is different, it will be judged as part of the normal judging process.

How are Teaching Awards winners rewarded?

All shortlisted nominees will be invited to attend the awards ceremony in Term 3, when the winners will be revealed and presented with awards. All nominees will receive certificates of recognition and copies of their nominations.

How does the judging process work?

A student panel comprised of Academic Reps and Subject Chairs will receive the anonymised nominations and judge them by category. A second judging panel consisting of a senior University staff member, and elected officers will further judge the nominees. A third panel led by the Guild’s VP Education and FXU’s President Exeter will further shortlist nominees before the Super Panel consisting of senior University Staff and elected officers from the Guild and FXU select the winners.

When will the nominations be sent out?

Any staff who received a nomination for the Teaching Awards will receive their nomination(s) in the week following the announcement of the winners.

What if I want to recognise the efforts of students?

The VP Education Awards have been hosted by the Guild since 2015, and are separate student-led awards intended to recognise the exceptional work of those students involved in Academic Representation (e.g Taught and Research Subject Reps, Subject Chairs, and College Officers) over the course of the academic year.

Like the Teaching Awards, nominations for the VP Education Awards are open to all students. However, these nominations are also open to staff, and we highly encourage staff to nominate the Academic Representatives who they have enjoyed working with.

Nominations for the VP Education Awards will also open at 09:00 on 29 January 2019 and close at 17:00 on 22 February 2019. Submit your nomination by clicking here.