About the University of Leeds Teaching Awards
Our University of Leeds Teaching Awards scheme celebrates excellent practice in student education and 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 of Leeds Teaching Awards provide a great opportunity to recognise staff who exemplify excellence in student education, and this year a chance to recognise the excellent work and innovation that has been involved in sustaining high quality learning and teaching in challenging circumstances. I look forward to celebrating with our first cohort of winners later this year.
Professor Peter Jimack, Interim Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Student Education
Applications for the University of Leeds Teaching Awards 2021
To apply for an award you must satisfy the following 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
- apply before the deadline of 12 noon, on Friday 12 March 2021
For more information about eligibility, read our further guidance and FAQs document.
Our Teaching Awards prize
If you are successful in winning one of our University of Leeds 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. Read our further guidance and FAQs document for further information on this.
Categories of Award
There are three categories of awards:
- Early Career University of Leeds 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.
- Sustained Excellence University of Leeds Teaching Award: for colleagues with more than five years’ experience. A maximum of three awards will be made in this category, with each winner receiving £2000.
- Collaborative Excellence University of Leeds 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.
How to apply for the University of Leeds Teaching Awards 2021
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.
Further Guidance and FAQs
For further information please see the following guidance documents and FAQs, the award criteria and marking information, and details on applying for a mentor. This includes details of the weighting for each section of an application.
- Further guidance for applicants and FAQs (Opens in Word)
- University Teaching Awards criteria and marking (Word, opens in OneDrive)
- Request to be paired with a mentor form (Opens in Microsoft Forms)
Get support with your application from a mentor. A mentor could provide support and advice and help you to develop and showcase teaching excellence and to present your experiences in an effective application. If you are interested in being paired with a mentor please complete the request form above. This support is subject to the availability of our mentors.
- Early career application form (Word, opens in OneDrive)
- Sustained Excellence application form (Word, opens in OneDrive)
- Collaborative excellence application form (Word, opens in OneDrive)
Submission of applications
Application forms should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline: The closing date for applications is 12 noon, Friday 12 March 2021
Selection of the Award Winners
All faculty applications will be reviewed by a Faculty Panel, chaired by the Pro Dean for Student Education or their nominee. All applications from colleagues who are not in a faculty will be reviewed by a panel consisting of colleagues from across the University.
Each 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. We will also ask for a 300 word summary and photograph for publicity purposes.
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 of Leeds Teaching Awards team: email@example.com.