What are the Teaching Awards?

The Students’ Guild and Students’ Union in Cornwall have co-hosted the student-led Teaching Awards for the last 11 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 anyone 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 Students’ Union in Cornwall.

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. 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. Please note that we have no way to judge the quality of INTO nominations, and so will pass those directly to INTO for them to look at and share best practise.

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 Students’ Union. 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 you express the answer to the main question; what has this person done to make a unique difference to your education experience? A good nomination will tell us the story of why this person’s teaching, supervision or behaviour has helped you achieve your best performance – you will set out a case for your chosen staff member’s suitability to be awarded which demonstrates how they have had a unique impact on your experience; which you could not have had without them!.

How long are nominations open for?

Students can nominate for the Teaching Awards from 09:00 on 4 May 2020 until 17:00 on 28 May 2020.

Who does the ‘Best Supervisor’ category apply to?

This year the best supervisor category applies to all research supervisors at undergraduate and postgraduate level; the Doctoral College will be additionally available to hold the best PhD-level Supervisor nominations should the quality and number of nominations be high enough – all Supervisors at all levels will otherwise be awarded in the academic College in which they teach and support research.

How are Teaching Awards winners rewarded?

All shortlisted nominees will be invited to give feedback and responses to their nominations which will be show-cased at the virtual awards ceremony in June, when the winners will be revealed and presented with awards. All short-listed nominees will receive certificates of recognition and copies of their nominations. Physical awards will be held back until the covid-19 restrictions are fully lifted and it is safe to present the trophies and certificates in person again.

How does the judging process work?

Two short-listings panels will be set up; for Devon campuses (led by the VP Education) and Cornwall campuses (led by the Exeter President) which will short-list for each College under each of the five categories. These panels have the discretionary power to decide that there are so many high-quality nominations that they will expand the short-lists in order to pick Institutional or Campus-based winners in addition to the College-level winners. The results of the short-listing Panels will be taken to a super-panel led by the VP Education and Exeter President, and including senior University staff; who will decide the College winners for each category and consider any additional awards suggested at short-listing.

When will the nominations be sent out?

The full set of nominations will be given to the University of Exeter for them to share with the staff who have been nominated.